Many of the lost souls of Ossos (1997) and In Vanda’s Room (2000) return to the spectral landscape of Colossal Youth, which brings a new theatrical, tragic grandeur to Pedro Costa’s Fontaínhas films. This time, Costa focuses on Ventura, an elderly immigrant from Cape Verde living in Lisbon. After being married for 34 years, his wife Clotilde has left him and he now looks back on a harsh and cheerless life. Ventura writes her a letter that is heartrending in its inept despair. Time and again, he recites the letter while he is about to be cut out of his district and moved into a bare apartment. As Cyril Neyrat writes for The Criterion Collection, “Ventura is the one to dictate the film's form, to invite Costa to leave behind the horizontality of the chronicle for the verticals and oblique lines of the great epic form. Ventura is a block of strangeness, an anachronistic presence who carries within him the entire history of his people and their neighbourhood”.

  • Duration: 156'
  • Production year: 2006
  • Country: PT
  • Language: PT
  • Cannes Film Festival 2006 – Official Selection in Competition

Pedro Costa