Barbs, Wastelands (2017)

Farpões Baldios
2017 | Portugal | Marta Mateus | ★★★

Portuguese actress Marta Mateus's striking directorial debut Barbs, Wastelands is a mildly engaging short film, buoyed by beautifully lit, exquisitely framed photography, but hamstrung by bland dialogue and stilted performances.


"After the Carnation Revolution the peasants in the Alentejo region occupied the huge proprieties where they were once submitted to the power of their masters. The protagonists of this film, resistants of this struggle, tell their story to the youngsters of today, in their own words." Festival de Cannes