Letters From Fontainhas:(The Criterion Collection, 3.30.2010)
Three Films by Pedro Costa
The Criterion Collection has always been relatively critic-proof, but until recently their one major stumbling block was the lack of contemporary world cinema on their roster. With the recent release of films like Hunger, Summer Hours, Revanche and this everything-but-the-kitchen-sink Pedro Costa set, Criterion finally appears to have its finger on the pulse of the international festival circuit in a way that it never did previously. But those who believe Criterion can do no wrong should be forewarned: Pedro Costa's films are wildly divisive and not the guaranteed dose of historic, unanimously-admired film art that Criterion generally puts their weight behind. Not to be too hyperbolic about it, but if you've never seen a Pedro Costa film, chances are you have no idea what you're getting yourself into.