A fan of the genre, I am always on the look out for romance done well in the film world. The Brazilian film Pendular by director/co-writer Julia Marat (Found Memories) really goes at it from a realistic perspective. That being said, it is most certainly not the type of romance film that Hollywood makes in that it is gritty and does not gloss things over. Problems or obstacles are not solved in 90 minutes.
A couple moves in together in a large space which is pretty much an abandoned industrial warehouse. It is perfect for their needs as she (Raquel Karro – My Hindu Friend) is a dancer and he (Rodrigo Bolzan – Necropolis Symphony) is a sculptor. A strip of orange tape is put down in the middle of the large open room to designate each person’s work space. Soon the fact that they live and work in the same space brings up confusion in each of their personal and professional lives.
Our two main characters here are artists. In the real sense of the word. They are not labelled as such because it seems like a cool job for a character in a movie to have. These two live and breathe what they do and feel a compulsion to create. So much so that at times the lines are blurred between what they do and who they are. Of course, this kind of passion really bleeds into their personal lives and their romantic relationship with their partners.
Pendular is pretty much a composite of scenes that make up their lives. There is no linear or traditional story here. Each type of scene shows us who our two main characters are and what is going on in their hearts and minds. Because really they both do not vocalize what they are thinking or feeling very much. The scenes of them creating their art are integral. Because they gives us insight into them at their most “real”. An open window into who He and She are. In their souls. Plus we see them hanging out with their friends. A more relaxed version of themselves. Then finally their are the fairly graphic love scenes. At times I wondered if these were to illustrate how they felt about each other or were they just an extension of the art they create? Never really was clear.