For someone who has not dabbled in art, it is very difficult to understand artistic temperament. It is no wonder that artists as a community prefer to stick together. People living in metro cities understand the need for space and through Júlia Murat's Pendular we understand why. A couple of artists decide to rent a floor in a giant industrial space to live and work. Their workspace is equally divided at first, but things begin to change as their art starts evolving. This is Murat's second movie after Found Memories. The movie is an aesthetic depiction of artistic pursuits taking over domestic bliss.
Background and Story:
The central characters, played by Raquel Karro and Rodrigo Bolzan, are a couple who have recently rented a huge loft in an industrial complex for their ballet and sculpturing respectively. They also decide to stay in the same space. Most of their friends don't think it wise, but it doesn't stop the couple from taping the center of their room, dividing it into equal halves as their respective workspaces. Trouble starts when Rodrigo's character needs more space for his art, which hampers their domestic bliss.
With hardly any dialogues, most of the story is explained through actions. The inner turmoil of their characters is revealed through each one's art. The movie also talks about how there is a very thin line when you are in a relationship with someone who you also work with. The execution is extremely raw and doesn't hold back on details.
Why You Should Watch:
Pendular is a perfect example of one's artistic process and how personal life has a way of interfering with it. If you like movies that showcase the abstractness and symmetry of art, this is the one for your soul.
What You Should Watch Next:
Movies like Lover for A Day, Loveless and Dina might interest you if you liked this one, or wish to watch movies with similar themes.
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