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A Guerra da Beatriz (2013)

A Guerra da Beatriz (2013)

Irim TolentinoAugusta SoaresJosé da CostaOsme Gonsalves
Luigi Acquisto,Bety Reis


A Guerra da Beatriz (2013) is a movie. Luigi Acquisto,Bety Reis has directed this movie. Irim Tolentino,Augusta Soares,José da Costa,Osme Gonsalves are the starring of this movie. It was released in 2013. A Guerra da Beatriz (2013) is considered one of the best Drama,History,War movie in India and around the world.

16 years after Beatriz's husband disappears during a brutal massacre by occupying Indonesian forces, she is troubled by his mysterious return: is he the young man she had lost or is he an impostor?

A Guerra da Beatriz (2013) Reviews

  • The indomitable spirit of one woman during Indonesian take over of Portuguese East Timor.


    A Guerra da Beatriz is one of the most powerful films and best Cinematography I have ever seen - rates up their with "The Mission" for me. Perfect score, brilliant acting, breathtaking scenery. One of those rare films in which the balance of people story, history, beauty and pain is finely tuned , to where the mind and heart are singing and crying at the same time. I rate this film 10 out of 10, and send gratitude to the Timorese writer, and all who made this movie. (and empathy to all Timorese who suffered under Indonesian rule). Beatiz story is haunting and passionate and explores Truth, Love, and morality in rare and heart felt ways .

  • A secret war, little known by the world depicted in "Beatriz's War"


    I have ticked the "Contains Spoiler" box because it seems necessary to mention that the plot-line in the second half of the film starts to be a repeat of the 1982 French film, starring Gerard Depardieu and Nathalie Baye... "The Return of Martin Guerre". Audiences watching who've seen that film, or the American re-make starring Richard Gear and Jodie Foster,will realize this, once Beatriz's husband comes home from the mountains, half way through the film. However, this doesn't much matter, because this is the point at which the film starts to gain a good deal of interest, and drama. Up until that point, the horrific times that the people of East Timor actually suffered under the occupation of the Indonesian army, (TNI) 1975--1999, is portrayed in quite a curiously non-confronting way, and the scenes involving rape and violence are handled "off-screen". We are told what happened in an oblique kind of way. Perhaps this is the Timorese way of approaching such things, or perhaps it is inexperience in film-making. The first half of the film is somewhat 'plodding' and lacks drama, although the events happening should feel very powerful. The real drama begins when Beatriz's husband Tomas returns. Now the situations become truly complex and fascinating, and the drama is in our minds, while we identify with the protagonists in their complex emotional as well as practical situation . A very long time has passed, and they have all endured much and changed from very young adults, to be adults who have faced every tough reality war can bring. During that past time, the women, led by Beatriz, realized collaboration was their only remaining course of action, because their primary responsibility, in their own eyes, was to survive. When the "Martin Guerre" figure comes into their lives,they suspect him,and yet also want to believe in him. As time passes new facts are revealed and they call him a traitor it's interesting because they too have crossed boundaries and nothing is simple anymore.. perhaps they too have been traitors? Now the story is a web of twists and turns, of ethics and empathy, forgiveness and still about survival too. All this has to be balanced with traditional "old ways", which the returned soldier claims to no longer believe in. He says that he found God in the mountains, wherehe was with the Falantil (Freedom fighter). There are some interesting traditional rituals shown or mentioned, and the cast is made up of Timorese people, often wearing their superb traditional hand-woven ikat textiles. The locations in Timor-Leste are beautiful, and give a lush look to the film, which makes it appear to have a much bigger budget than it actually had. (I read in a Sydney Morning Herald review that it was made for only about $200,000.- Thanks to their reviewer.) Congratulations to the film-makers, and all involved for bringing to the screen, a personal story of one family, and village, that gives audiences an indication of what those twenty-four long years of suffering were like. Apart from the Portuguese, ( whose colony this little country was, for 450 years,) most people in the world probably don't even know where it is). The East-Timorese were at last offered a Referendum. They could choose either, Autonomy within Indonesia, ( a big compromise for the Indonesian government, in view of their terror of their relatively new nation going the way of the old Yugoslavia), OR freedom to form their own nation. Although it would be the weakest and poorest nation on earth, they overwhelmingly voted for freedom, of course. This opportunity only came about because President Suharto's military dictatorship was at last over-thrown in 1998 and the new President Habibie had so many problems,it appeared that this was one problem he decided to just get rid of by permitting the Referendum. The Catholic people of East-Timor couldn't imagine being part of majority Islamic Indonesia, not after their 24 year experience with the TNI. During the occupation,the Indonesian people mostly had no idea what was happening in the distant far east of their island nation, where the army was a law unto itself.There was no freedom of the press back then. (Although this historical information isn't a "film review" it's helpful to understand something about the situation, when watching the film.) "Beatriz's War" is the first full length feature film made in Timor-Leste. There was a very good and interesting documentary film a few years ago, by Victor de Sousa Pereira.... called "Uma Lulik - a Casa Sagrada". As with everything in East-Timor, (a nation of brave people that began from the ashes after the aforementioned referendum,) the film-makers have had a lot of help and support. Before the Indonesian army departed, they destroyed everything they could. I might mention that the name of General Prabowo Subianto was mentioned not once but three times in the film's dialogue, and in July 2014 that same man was one of the two candidates who ran for President of Indonesia. (He did not win.) Many Indonesians and others too, were of the opinion that he was an un-tried war criminal, and a relic of the "bad old days under the Suharto regime, whose son-in-law he once was, as well as being Head of Kopassus, (TNI elites.) It would seem that the people of Timor-Leste haven't forgotten him and never will. The film is not any kind of masterpiece, but please watch it if you get the chance because it is well worth your time - especially in the second half.It is always interesting, and we owe it to the people of Timor-Leste to learn about their experience in such recent times, when the world abandoned them, in favour of"political expediency".

  • The Return


    Separated from her husband for more than fifteen years after he is forcibly recruited into the army, a cynical woman grows concerned that the soldier who has returned to her is not her husband as he claims in this drama from East Timor. The first ever feature film produced by the pacific nation, 'Beatriz's War' spends a long time chronicling the history of East Timor and its turbulence during the late twentieth century as it went from being a Portuguese colony to Indonesian invasion before eventually declaring independence. Informative as this insight may be, such in-depth history leads to the story taking ages to warm up. It is over one hour in before the soldier who may or may not be her husband returns, and while the first half of the movie has its potent moments (her outrage when her missing-in-action husband is pronounced dead), the first hour could do with serious trimming. Fortunately, the second half of the film is engaging enough with all her internal dilemmas that the film ends solidly. There is a lot of interest in how only the missing man's wife and sister suspect that something is up and yet it is immediately chalked up to paranoia - "the war has changed us all". His cries that he is "flesh and bones" also resonate with it reaching the point that we come to sympathise with and warm to the soldier, regardless of whether he is an impostor or the real missing man.

  • Amazing Movie I Have Ever Seen


    This first East-Timorese movie i have ever seen has to be a emotional and inspiring film for me, it reflects on the Indonesian occupation of East Timor and shows what happened on the inside of East Timor (during the occupation) and how it gained its independence. I then noticed that the movie began to look like The Return of Martin Guerre (a french film dating back to the 1970's) and had similarities to the french film. Overall i will give this a 10/10 because it has amazing features in it and took inspiration by The Return of Martin Guerre and i just love it so much that it make me feel happy. this movie has great writing and great acting and overall, it has very very very very very very good camera. The End.


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