Conclusion: I loved every single minute of Miguel Gomes' Tabu . It is an incredibly poetic, masterfully lensed and terrifically acted film. And to see it on Blu-ray, looking so good, was a very special treat.
Excerpt: Paying homage to F.W. Murnau and Robert Flaherty’s 1931 classic about love and clashing civilizations in exotic paradise, Miguel Gomes’ Tabu is a striking pastiche of the kind regularly performed by Guy Maddin or Quentin Tarantino—and at least as obscurely sourced.
Excerpt: The film-maker's craft is skillfully realised in stunning black and white, and "Tabu" is visually rewarding. Innovative audio techniques leave the telling of the background story to a narrator with a flat style that eventually weighs down interest. The real let down is a plot that lacks depth.
Excerpt: #SFF12 - Även bland filmfestivalens övriga annorlunda utbud sticker "Tabu" ut, för all del med det berättartekniska upplägget men framför allt med en poetisk estetik som känns hämtad från stumfilmens tidevarv.