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Using sparse dialogue and stunningly rich black-and-white images, Costa follows two young brothers and a teacher on the run from the boys' malevolent uncle and his gang of vicious criminals.

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Blood belongs to 15 collections
1. Post-1960s black & white photography (public: moderated by djross - 18 stars)
2. They Shoot Pictures' Recommended Viewing (public: moderated by Cinephile - 15 stars)
3. Directorial debut (public: moderated by djross - 11 stars)
4. Brothers (public: moderated by djross - 3 stars)
5. High contrast black and white cinematography (public: moderated by juandr - 1 star)
6. Second Run DVD (public: moderated by hristos)
7. Ultra-high contrast black and white (public: moderated by juandr)
9. To see (private: pcalado)
10. Djross 1989 top ten (private: djross)
11. Films to get (private: Scelsi)
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TCI | Percentile | Date Ranked | # Stars (Reviews)
Date User Score
Apr 03 Yiannos Yiannos
80 88%
The most obviously 'filmic' of all of Costa's features, 'Blood' plays like a strange, dreamlike amalgam of both classic American and European cinema, yet it's unlike any other film ever made. While it mines somewhat similar thematic territory to Costa's later films--it bares more than a superficial resemblance to the expressionism of Horse Money--the focus is less on capturing 'materiality' than it is about establishing a certain kind of enigmatic mood. It's arguably the best debut of the 80's.
Mar 09 scottmcc scott.mcc
80 86%
Feb 15 TreyAtwood TreyAtwood
80 84%
Jan 21 am4
78 58%
Dec 20, 2017 Systematicer
60 45%
Dec 05, 2017 vitruvian vitruvian
90 81%
Oct 25, 2017 banadolu banadolu
76 69%
Sep 22, 2017 thirdeye42
67 22%
Aug 28, 2017 Gody85 Gody85
68 85%
Aug 18, 2017 EveAngel
80 86%
Jul 01, 2017 djross djross
75 83%
This is what so-called "neo-noir" could have been: a condensed, semi-expressionistic journey into tragic worlds usually hidden from view. Leaving aside the obvious cinematic virtues (which are, indeed, remarkable for such a small, debut film from 1989), this is also much more successful than most at conveying a believable understanding of the motives and decisions of characters who act against what, for those not dwelling in such worlds, inevitably seems their own self-interest.
Jun 22, 2017 Visocchi
80 24%
Jun 05, 2017 LuxNatalis LuxNatalis
7 1%
Mar 28, 2017 maptendoytes maptendoytes
100 77%
Mar 06, 2017 RYM_byrates RYM-byrates
72 85%
Feb 25, 2017 mCihhh mCihhh
30 4%
Feb 09, 2017 Ruh
48 23%
Dec 29, 2016 outlandish outlandish
75 67%
Aug 07, 2016 tommy_leazaq
57 56%
Aug 05, 2016 creosote
7 49%
Jul 26, 2016 tonycodes
0 0%
Jun 12, 2016 gavinbennett
4 2%
Jun 03, 2016 phil_ii phil-
80 75%
May 13, 2016 zoPZ_ii zoPZ!
80 86%
A fascinating and enigmatic film that often communicates in a unique symbolic language that feels close to theater. This is a poetic cinema that feels similar in kind to (and which I think we haven't seen since) Cocteau. Again, Costa's cinematographer really steals the show.
May 04, 2016 FarCryss Suture Self
7 68%
Told in the shadows, THE BLOOD follows two brothers caught up in a desperate attempt to reorganize their lives after the death of their father. So much is left unsaid it's hard to piece together the specifics of the plot, but the film is so evocative and gorgeously rendered you put up with the confusion regardless. Really promising debut. Some of the best B&W photography I've seen in recent memory.
Apr 25, 2016 Risselada Risselada
52 21%
Mar 29, 2016 joachimt joachimt
90 96%
Mar 28, 2016 FrancoZero FrancoZero
18 95%
Feb 07, 2016 randomness
5 16%
Jan 28, 2016 RealMacgyver RealMacgyver
80 72%
Dec 29, 2015 Biberkopf
100 66%
Dec 16, 2015 MUBIvotes MUBIvotes
41 91%
Dec 15, 2015 robot2xl robot2xl
73 48%
Nov 27, 2015 coroner
70 56%
Nov 23, 2015 chineyman chineyman
78 78%
Oct 11, 2015 Niska Niska
47 88%
Sep 29, 2015 JakeAesthete JakeAesthete
78 78%
Damn, talk about a filmmaker evolving backwards...
Sep 18, 2015 fabiovisnadi fabiovisnadi
87 56%
Jul 21, 2015 GrimsChild GrimsChild
60 76%
Jun 27, 2015 jvg
76 26%
Jun 18, 2015 Dumbwill Dumbwill
80 59%
Apr 07, 2015 Atmosfear Atmosfear
4 75%
Feb 21, 2015 guvolefou guvolefou
82 81%
Avrupa sanat sinemasıyla, klasik Hollywood döneminin yaratıcı bir karışımı. Dokunaklı ve bir ilk filme göre oldukça derli toplu.
Feb 15, 2015 gargantua gargantua
83 88%
Jan 18, 2015 petcor80
75 27%
Jan 06, 2015 coutinho coutinho
85 84%
Dec 01, 2014 nmdrodrigues
75 59%
Nov 05, 2014 avgcrtckr avgcrtckr
69 85%
Nov 05, 2014 filmaffinity filmaffinity
69 76%
Nov 02, 2014 Toke Za
90 94%
Sep 03, 2014 peter_1888
70 46%
May 11, 2014 Communicants Communicants
90 96%
Apr 22, 2014 Mr_Mxyzptlk Mr. Mxyzptlk
100 %
Feb 15, 2014 lhm
89 60%
Dec 04, 2013 HansLucas Hans_Lucas
76 39%
Dec 01, 2013 Marcossilva Marcossilva
83 94%
Aug 22, 2013 Barkinson
50 39%
May 22, 2013 loc42 loc42
65 47%
May 16, 2013 Tiago_Vieira Tiago Vieira
85 74%
Apr 13, 2013 LoboLopez Lobo_Lopez
60 33%
Dec 12, 2012 matty5190 matty5190
87 80%
Jul 29, 2012 B_Side B-Side
80 79%
Jul 13, 2012 cinemahell cinema_hell
84 70%
Jun 25, 2012 EmeraldGuard EmeraldGuard
50 16%
May 25, 2012 ears550 elixir
90 97%
May 17, 2012 VHS4LifeDUDE
100 91%
May 14, 2012 TartanLlama
70 54%
May 10, 2012 Bandy Bandy
80 69%
Jan 20, 2012 Magmadiver Magmadiver
87 77%
Dec 16, 2011 ailm ailm
63 65%
Jul 06, 2011 f-adam
90 93%
Apr 07, 2011 VinegarBob VinegarBob
65 42%
Apr 06, 2011 gaucho
5 71%
Apr 02, 2011 lucas_M lucas M.
90 68%
Mar 22, 2011 Danilolopes Danilolopes
89 74%
Nov 09, 2010 Dr. Drew
5 19%
Sep 15, 2010 patrickped patrickped
80 73%
Sep 03, 2010 onetwothree
60 52%
Jul 31, 2010 micmac_ii micmac
85 93%
Mar 16, 2010 Beaucine
4 51%
Mar 16, 2010 Beau
95 60%
Mar 07, 2010 zequalquer ze_qualquer
65 68%
Mar 04, 2010 GFD
60 36%
Jan 06, 2010 winds winds
5 51%
Dec 23, 2009 cinebaixar
81 57%
Dec 07, 2009 kangadoodoo kangadoodoo
70 77%
Dec 04, 2009 crushedy
50 35%
Nov 24, 2009 Jackson R
71 25%
Oct 29, 2009 NilbogSavant NilbogSavant
89 86%
Oct 14, 2009 welike
30 67%
Jun 15, 2009 m4th3u5
100 98%
Jun 08, 2009 imdb imdb
74 81%
Mar 11, 2009 hereslucas lucbapt
89 74%
Nov 20, 2008 flowing flowing
32 18%
Average Percentile 62.26% from 94 Rankings rss