Viajo porque preciso, volto porque te amo

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I Travel Because I Have to, I Come Back Because I Love You




Marcelo GomesKarim Aïnouz




35 mm


75 min


  • Irandhir Santos


  • GUIÓN: Marcelo Gomes,
  • Karim Aïnouz
  • FOTOGRAFÍA: Heloisa Passos
  • MONTAJE: Karen Harley
  • PRODUCCIÓN: Daniela Capelato, João Vieira Jr.


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A genuine experiment in narrative and form, I travel because I have to… features a mix of formats –Super 8, DV, still photographs– and the resulting feel of an intimate travel diary, although no home movie has ever been so beautiful, poetic, and filled with mythical resonances as this one. It’s actually as if Karim Aïnouz and Marcelo Gomes had created a scrapbook of mental clippings about life in the uninhabited landscape of interior Brazil, harboring no political statements about poverty, but delivering instead some very intimate feelings. Our narrator, a geologist whom we never get to see, maintains a one-way dialog with the woman he longs for as he crosses the region of Sertao. Loneliness, loss, and desperation are hammered into the chest of this man who loved but was abandoned, and who runs away to the infinite horizon of the road, the dawn, and the sunset, only to learn that nothing remains –be it the tectonic plates, or love. As that man goes through the emotional and physical caatinga –inhabited by lean pigs, black birds, beautiful hookers, cheap hotels with sex-stained mattresses drying in the sun, and toothless faces filled with dreams–, man and nature melt together like day and night, music and silence, religion and lust, rottenness and the most absolute purity.


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