Documentary by Leonor Noivo
HD, 51 min., 2012
Other Letters or The Invented Love deals with the passionate book New Portuguese Letters, a collective work written by the authors known as the Three Marias in the 70s, as a pretext for a short cinematographic inventory about relationships and affection between people today and always.
The book is inspired by letters written by a nun in the seventeenth century and has a strong political dimension that creatively challenges the social and sexual roles.
The documentary crosses this literary legacy with different situations, contexts and interlocutors; and interweaves archive material from the court case after the authors were charged by the authorities with indecency when the book was published and a labyrinthine questioning about the nature of love.
"Recognizing that there are things that disturb always, regardless of time and its habits, whether pretext of war or pretext of peace, liberation or collective work, love or politics, passion or exercise, made me want to address this case also through the legacy of the Three Marias who have experienced it 40 years ago. From a circumstance or curiosity begins my research. A process or study to find the intagibility of an object that is always moving, never stops, in any time, in any life. We can not talk about it, just about its effects. Since it does not have absolute reach and its fragments are still lying around, unable to settle, yet being common the urgent need to understand it."