“Grand Tour”, see Asia and try to love

“Grand Tour”, see Asia and try to love
“Grand Tour”, see Asia and try to love

Published on May 23, 2024 at 04:34.

The cinema of the Portuguese Miguel Gomes (Taboo, 2012; the three parts of Thousand and one Night, 2015) can be dry, in the sense that it asks the audience for a certain involvement, which goes beyond the simple fact of letting themselves be guided by a story. Triggered by reading a travelogue by British writer Somerset Maugham, the road movie that is Grand Tour begins in 1917 Burma, where Edward, a civil servant of the British Empire, is waiting for his fiancée Molly.

But suddenly he decides to leave for Singapore, from where he will travel to Bangkok, then Saigon, and so on to Japan and China. Molly will also embark on this Asian Grand Tour in search of the man she loves, but their two stories will not entangle. Gomes will in fact tell us first that of Edward, then that of Molly, for a shift from comedy to melodrama, he says.

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