Fifth about The Seventh

Babenco: Tell Me When I Die (Babenco – Alguém Tem que Ouvir o Coração e Dizer: Parou)

Babenco: Tell Me When I Die: there is no way this documentary by Bárbara Paz could be anything but a sad experience, as it portrays the encroachment, upon her husband Hector Babenco, of the idea of his mortality. Being himself a filmmaker, naturally a journey through his work is intertwined with that narrative. The problem, however, is that the reflections about his upcoming death and his past work don’t mesh all that well, leaving this film with two halves that feel underdeveloped. Still, the peaceful and abstract black-and-white images (even the film footage that was originally in color appears here in lush B&W, accompanying the quietly intimate shots of them together) give the film a light, cheeky, somewhat nostalgic mood. Babenco seems to have lived a full, productive life, and that can be felt in his words and, as a result, the tone of the film.

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