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Letters from War 2016 123movies

Letters from War 2016 123movies

Sep. 01, 2016105 Min.
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Watch: Cartas da Guerra 2016 123movies, Full Movie Online – Based on António Lobo Antunes’s novel, a collection of letters written by a young soldier, doctor and a aspirant writer, to his wife while he was serving in Angola between 1971 and 1973, during the Portuguese Colonial War, a war between Portugal with its former overseas provinces..
Plot: In 1971, António Lobo Antunes’ life is brutally interrupted when he is drafted into the Portuguese Army to serve as a doctor in one of the worst zones of the Colonial War – the East of Angola. Away from everything dear he writes letters to his wife while he is immersed in an increasingly violent setting. While he moves between several military posts he falls in love for Africa and matures politically. At his side, an entire generation struggles and despairs for the return home. In the uncertainty of war events, only the letters can make him survive.
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War from a distance
Director Ivo Ferreira has chosen António Lobo Antunes’ letters from the front lines as the narrative backbone of his film about the Angolan War of Independence. Antunes’ letters are juxtaposed as near constant voice overs against an impressionistic backdrop of episodes from the war, with only a few scenes of actual dialogue scattered in between. It’s a technique which essentially fragments the film into two disjointed layers that rarely connect.

Antunes’ letters are for the most part yearning vows of love, while the film depicts the boredom and cruelty of men at war. In a questionable reversal of roles, Antunes’ letters are read mostly by a gentle female voice, presumably his wife’s, who otherwise has no voice of her own. We see her in a few abstract scenes, yet she remains a ghost, a projection of the author’s longing, rather than becoming a character of her own, despite her constant presence as a narrator. This further serves to distance the viewer’s perspective, even more so as the loosely connected episodes told on the visual level refuse to develop the characters they depict, or (with one exception) present the protagonists with meaningful moral choices.

Cartas da Guerra is undoubtedly visually striking, filmed in high-contrast black and white, and if Portuguese is your native language, it might be easier to connect its aural and visual levels (as opposed to reading through endless lovelorn monologues in two-language subtitles). In the end though, I doubt that it salvages a movie that’s at best an interesting narrative experiment, at worst a structural failure on a topic that deserved better.

Review By: gl03
Virtually unwatchable .
There is an almost constant overlay of a voice reading letters , while a somewhat decent war movie is shown – in the background .

That war movie would have been quite ok, without the tacky – and constant – recitation of terribly corny letters .

Which makes it even more annoying .

Review By: horst69

Other Information:

Original Title Cartas da Guerra
Release Date 2016-09-01
Release Year 2016

Original Language pt
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Budget 0
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Status Released
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Genre Drama
Director Ivo Ferreira
Writer Ivo Ferreira, António Lobo Antunes, Edgar Medina
Actors Miguel Nunes, Margarida Vila-Nova, Ricardo Pereira
Country Portugal, Germany
Awards 30 wins & 27 nominations
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Original title Cartas da Guerra
TMDb Rating 7.1 14 votes

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