In rural Portugal, the month of August is languid and buzzing, with crowds of people enjoying an annual music festival. In this film-within-a-film, a documentary director (director Miguel Gomes) and his crew wait to shoot the activity. The narrative takes a left turn midway through, as people who have played background roles unexpectedly become characters in a complex family drama, enriched by a lively musical soundtrack.
“Transparently a movie about a group of filmmakers who attempt to possess a particular location, Our Beloved Month relaxes into a meditation on the mysteries of place, personality, and process.”
—J. Hoberman, The Village Voice