Love, as we well know it, is the core of many things: from music, poetry, and novels, to paintings and sculptures. In the field of art, love changed everything. Every love story is unique, and most of the times, the authors based their works on some experience they had or at least one they have imagined. In ‘Ephemerality’ by Filipe Piteira, love is perceived as the missing piece of the puzzle that made the whole picture crumble. Piteira gives us flashbacks from when everything was all right, when the relationship was rock solid, and then transports us to the present day when everything is like dust in the wind.
It is very hard to make a work of art based on love and not be a total cliché because love became such an easy theme. For this reason, we have millions of photos with quotes on love and broken love all over the internet, with complicated words used to describe the simplest thing. The dialogues are trying to be philosophical, but in reality, it is just philosophy for the complete beginners that are still trying to figure out how philosophy is spelled. ‘Ephemerality’ scores great points in the edit and cinematography sections, but loses poorly when it comes to dialogue. Quotes like ‘We know we are in love when everything makes sense’, or ‘be glad because it happened, or sad because it is over?’ are literally gas station cards for intermediate lovers that have no idea how to express emotions towards another human being.
On the other hand, Susana Blazer, playing Mulher, has an interesting way of expressing grief in ‘Ephemerality’. Her ‘journey’ through the valleys of desperation is more like a dance performance in super slow motion, the dance of the sad, brokenhearted woman. She stands out in the same way Julian Moore does, being charming and sensitive enough to steal our hearts for good.
Written by Vlad A. Gheorghiu