If the strength of Aluna’s attraction to Voz wasn’t evident to the audience through her hungry looks, her narration hammers it home. It is a heart-rendingly poetic overspill of her devotion; that she was lost before she met her, marvelling at her beauty, her “cascade of stars”. How fundamentally Voz has changed Aluna’s life is summed up in one line from Aluna’s emotional soliloquy; Aluna says she has “transformed herself into a satellite, destined to orbit one single trajectory…around your scorching body.” It’s Shakespearean in its language style, and star-crossed lovers seems to be the card Aluna and Voz are dealt as we see in the Wes Anderson style pink themed room which features on the film artwork.
Throughout, the music changes to reflect Aluna’s emotions. It is tinkling and playful, so fast as almost to inspire tension in the audience as the girls draw closer. At the end, as Aluna laments their fate, “Your eyes, big, round and black…later on, they were still stuck on me. Like buttons…”, the piano has slowed right down almost to a funeral dirge and becomes slightly more hopeful towards the end – a bitter-sweet ending for a bitter-sweet encounter.
This is a film for hopeless romantics, for loves found and lost; in just five minutes, the director manages to create the kind of hopeless love story that spans years. It managed to perfectly evoke for me the exquisite pain of unrequited love. Though there is certainly no picture perfect ending, as all hopeless romantics know, there is always a chance for redemption.
Retratos do teu rosto (Portraits of Your Face) is available to watch now on Lesflicks VOD