Down to Earth
Casa de Lava/Down to Earth
Fiction, Portugal-France-Germany, 1994, 110’, 35 mm
With Medeiros, Isaach De Bankolé, Edith Scob, Pedro Hestnes
Casa de Lava starts several times. The opening shots of a volcanic eruption impose a sense of the pre-human, a pure inhospitability. The next sequence is a series of close shots of women standing in a rocky landscape. […] Some of these women will be (and maybe are not yet) characters in the film – in the same way that the people in In Vanda’s Room and Colossal Youth are characters in those films: quasi-real, quasi-fictional, not firmly located on either side of the nonexistent border. The characters are all exiles; any position they take is provisional.
Chris Fujiwara, The Mystery of Origins