The Last Time I Saw Macao | Chicago Reader

The Last Time I Saw Macao

82 minutes 2013

A nameless voice-over narrator (codirector João Rui Guerra da Mata) recounts his efforts to save an old friend from mysterious danger in Macao and, in the process, muses on how the island has changed since it returned from Portuguese to Chinese rule. This experimental Portuguese feature employs very few staged scenes, conjuring the story through a mix of narration, documentary images, and complex sound design. The approach (which sometimes recalls Chris Marker's personal essay films) illustrates how memory and imagination can distort real events into fiction; it also makes palpable the narrator's longing for a Macao that no longer exists. João Pedro Rodrigues (To Die Like a Man) codirected. In Portuguese with subtitles.

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