(Brazil, 2006, 79 minutes)

In 1992, Brazilian filmmaker João Moreira Salles shot his family's elderly former butler reminiscing about his past and his interests with a view to a documentary he never completed; 15 years later, he attempts a second pass at the footage and realises why he couldn't have finished it at the time. Not so much a documentary as an almost theoretical deconstruction of the form, but a truly dazzling one in its surprising accessibility that makes it as much about its maker as about its subject.

A Videofilmes presentation/production. Directed and written by João Moreira Salles; narrated by Fernando Moreira Salles; director of photography (Casablanca Lab), Walter Carvalho; film editors, Eduardo Escorel, Lívia Serpa.


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