Arabian Nights: Volume 3, The Enchanted One ★★★½

the first 40 minutes of Gomes' final segment are up there with (or surpass) the most rapturous filmmaking of his life. not coincidentally, they're also the most explicit and plot-driven of the trilogy... drawing broad connections to Pasolini's TRILOGY OF LIFE.

and then. the. fucking. CHAFFINCHES.

because the purpose and position of the film is so blunt, it invites a nearly inscrutable subtlety and abstraction into the individual episodes, and the chaffinches take that to its illogical conclusion. chaffinches chaffinches chaffinches chaffinches chaffinches chaffinches chaffinches chaffinches chaffinches chaffinches chaffinches chaffinches chaffinches chaffinches chaffinches chaffinches chaffinches chaffinches chaffinches

when they return to the chaffinches, it almost feels like Gomes is trolling us.

(perhaps unsurprisingly in a series as unpredictable as this... the dedication at the end really brings everything together).