53rd NYFF. ARABIAN NIGHTS PART 3: THE ENCHANTED ONE BY MIGUEL GOMES (ENG)

By Tanner Tafelski

At long last, along comes Scheherazade, and it’s a bit of a letdown. She appears in the first of three episodes. She’s in a section that’s untethered, that doesn’t have the structural rigor of “The Owners of Dixie” or “The Tears of a Judge” from part two. Before telling a story to her husband, the king Shahryar, in order to delay his intent to kill her, she crops up in Bagdad as well as wandering on an isle. The section is seemingly endless in variety so that you wonder where she’ll be next and with whom? Wait for the next scene to find out.

53rd NYFF. ARABIAN NIGHTS PART 2: THE DESOLATE ONE BY MIGUEL GOMES (ENG)

By Tanner Tafelski

What a jump in quality! With this second part, Miguel Gomes seems more focused. He settles into his material. He’s comfortable enough to allow room for silence, for pauses, lingering on shots instead of hurrying to the next one, and the next.

53rd NYFF. ARABIAN NIGHTS PART 1: THE RESTLESS ONE BY MIGUEL GOMES (ENG)

By Tanner Tafelski Sprayed on a wall near the end of the first part of Gomes’ epic film is the graffiti message: “Chaos is my life.” Shortly, after a countdown, that cryptic statement blasts on the soundtrack. It’s the title of a song by the Scottish punk band, The Exploited, which could work as both…

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