Warmth and heartfelt emotions in Ekwa Msangi‘s Farewell Amor, a film consists of three well-made chapters filled with many quiet conversations between a newly reunited family of three as this Angolan family was separated for 17 years.
Though they tried to keep in touch, everyone has changed. Silvia is calm and distant, Esther is now very religious, & the patriarch Walter, a taxi driver who paved the way to New York City so long ago, has his own secrets after spending so much time away from his family.
Msangi has a great vision for showing us the complexities of these three lives. We see the days after they are reunited and explore how they behave, live and react when they are with and not with each other.
Farewell Amor is not an angry movie and it does not seek to blame or score political points. It is a film that does not speak of farewell as its title would suggest, but rather prompts a search for beginnings.
But if it is impossible to not be affected by the ordeals of each of them as individuals and as a unit trying to reform before it shatters, it is also difficult for us not to point fingers at a system that divides people who want nothing more than to be reunited and to be safe. The simple humanism here makes the cause of caring for and celebrating the American immigrant population more eloquently and persuasively than a more controversial movie could ever be. Farewell Amor introduced us to a new directorial talent, Msangi, a filmmaker that was able to create an axis of hope by mastering the little cinematic details that made the film so fascinating with the outstanding talents of the three actors that exceeded all expectations and added to the depth of the experience.
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