48 ans, c’est la durée du régime de Salazar au Portugal. Pour raconter cette dictature, la réalisatrice utilise des photos anthropométriques de la PIDE, la police politique du régime. Sur ces photos inexpressives se superposent les voix-off des personnes photographiées, qui révèlent leur histoire, leur arrestation, leurs cicatrices. Un face à face, entre ces photos qui taisent l’horreur, et les voix des victimes qui nomment les affres de leur histoire.
You hear men and women describing the torture they suffered at the hands of the PIDE, Salazar’s political police force, and commenting on the mercilessly sharp anthropometric photos of them in forced poses, taken by their torturers. Susana de Sousa Dias uses sensitive and subtle camera movements to stroke the faces of these ordinary-looking people, all bursting with resistance; sombre eyes and tight lips suddenly give way to a radiant smile, free in the face of the terror made here so horrifically palpable. And it’s earth shattering.
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