DFT @ Home | Change of Life (restored)

(Portugal/1966—directed by Paulo Rocha)

Change of Life, the haunting second feature film by Paulo Rocha (The Green Years), is the beautifully-told story of a young man who returns from abroad to Furadouro, his small Portuguese fishing village, only to discover that much has subtly changed since his departure. Inspired by his work with master filmmakers Manoel de Oliveira and Jean Renoir, Rocha cast the area’s local villagers as themselves, interspersed with experienced actors including the great Isabel Ruth, who had already made an unforgettable impression in Rocha’s 1963 debut film, The Green Years.

The stark and stunning imagery, together with the richly textured poetry of the local vernacular, combined to make the film was a critical and commercial success upon release, though it would effectively be the last film Rocha made for nearly two decades. Available for the first time in the U.S. in this beautiful new digital restoration, courtesy of the Portuguese Cinematheque. (94 minutes.)

“Critic’s Pick! Rocha, a Portuguese master, created a memorable body of work. This 1966 triumph is shot in startling black and white, its cinematic beauty deeply intertwined with the film’s humane vision.” — Glenn Kenny, The New York Times

“A masterpiece, ahead of its time. Like his fantastic debut The Green Years, it’s a spark to one’s cinephilia, a reminder of what remains undiscovered.” — The Film Stage

 

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