Dinosaur Eggs In The Living Room


Reviewed by: Andrew Robertson

Dinosaur Eggs In The Living Room
"This is polyglot internationalism, verging on magical realism."

Raghild Borgomanero is an amazing lady. This film is about her, and it is also amazing. These are the recollections of a woman who "fell into [her husband's] arms" when they heard the news of Kennedy's assassination. These are the stories of someone trained as a nutritionist who became a consular wife, who has taught herself how to use Audacity and Photoshop and other programs to catalogue the artifacts and photographs she and her husband accumulated, a slide-show wielding avatar of a time gone by.

She is a heroine of the Jet Set & Perm age, the 1960s made flesh. This is polyglot internationalism, verging on magical realism. Of course there's a table strong enough to hold a nest of dinosaur eggs - it was specially ordered. There are countries, times, places, names, dates, photographs and family moments.

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The greatest documentaries shine a light on that which is obscure, make the smallest thing relevant. The next best documentaries just find a brilliant subject, and show us it. Raghild is one of the latter. Rafael Urban's film and Eduardo Baggio's respectful photograph, allow us to discover Raghild's life, her love - she is making films herself, and while Urban's efforts are to be praised it's her work that intrigues the most.

Reviewed on: 25 Jun 2012
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A recently widowed woman archives the treasures brought back from travels around the world.

Director: Rafael Urban

Writer: Rafael Urban

Starring: Raghild Borgomanero

Year: 2011

Runtime: 12 minutes

Country: Brazil


EIFF 2012

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