Porto

Jake and Mati are two outsiders in the northerly Portuguese city of Porto who once experienced a brief connection. A mystery remains about the moments they shared, and in searching through memories, they relive the depths of a night uninhibited by the consequences of time.

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  • ★★★★½ review by Eli Hayes on Letterboxd

    Seriously (one of) the most

    superb, sharp, albeit

    (poles apart/paradoxically)

    slight, splendid and

    suitable swan song(s) supposable.

    "I understand.

    I understand,

    completely."

    I adore you, Anton Yelchin;

    I will always savor your spirit.

    Also love, love, love you Chantal.

    "I just... want to keep touching you."

    "Please... keep touching me."

  • ★★★½ review by Filipe Furtado on Letterboxd

    Seeking another person no matter what might happen the following day. Sharp editing and two very committed lead performances (Yelchin body language is wonderful throughout). Despite being a two handler it has a strong feel to Portuguese nightlife and uses Porto’s topography around Douro river very well. And Porto is such a perceptive film.

  • ★★★½ review by Gazelle Garcia on Letterboxd

    SXSW 2017

    I imagine this is the fest film that left people arguing the whole shuttle ride back to the convention center. You left loving it or hating it. This is a film that you don't react to, you just witness it. There's no cues to actually respond. You're not laughing, crying, you're just watching and for a lot of people they will think it's too slow, will be annoyed at the back and forth time jumps, and feel like it's pointless. I happen to think it's beautiful. We're witnessing this one brief moment in the lives of two very different people. We can sit there and watch, and judge, it doesn't matter how we feel about what they're doing and what's happening and how we would handle it and how we want them to handle it... It's not going to change what's going to actually happen. So we get to let go of that and just watch. I love that.

  • ★★★★½ review by Tyler Jacob on Letterboxd

    WE'VE GOT A REAL ONE HERE, PEOPLE.

    Shocking to see a narrative debut even attempt to compile The Before Trilogy into a single <90 minute feature (I guess not that shocking, Klinger's influences are so obviously centered around Linklater; I mean, he made a documentary about the guy), even more shocking to see it work by way of a classical European arthouse style. This thing is a melancholic masterwork to behold, the breakdown of a one-night stand as poignantly quiet as it is beautifully shot (in three different formats - so strange to see a film at SXSW projected on film; the entire thing looked like a repertory screening from the 70s, and the film is all the better for it). It's smooth when it wants to be, but it's rough around the edges charm lends itself to the uncertainty of its central encounter. Not sure it'll ever get US distribution (you could feel the Austin festival-goers reject this from their cushy Alamo seats, food and drinks in hand), but Porto feels like it's meant to be kept as a little secret, away from the world and real life.

  • ★★★★½ review by Mikey Brzezinski on Letterboxd

    "I'm not even trying to love you, I just love you."

    A bare bones deconstruction of a one night stand that is divine in every single sense of the damn word. Anton Yelchin's last performance (*cries*) is far and away his best and I'm officially in love with Lucie Lucas. Gabe Klinger utilizes edits, lush photography, and aspect ratios to their fullest potential, dealing with different perspectives of what could happen and what did happen as time slowly continues to disappear. It's the full picture and a damn beautiful one at that. A smooth potent romance that perfectly recaptures the lost melancholic foreign arthouse vibes of the 70's. One of the most perfect third acts of the year and just one of the best movies.

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