Tropical surrealism, erotic dreams and role play in an improvised adaptation of Thomas Mann's 'The Magic Mountain'.
In Thomas Mann's novel The Magic Mountain, the young Hans Castorp arrives at a mysterious sanatorium in the mountains where the boundaries between normality and deviation are blurred. The Brazilian 'What Remains' is a free and improvised adaptation of Mann's book. A collective experiment, entirely in the spirit of the book, and a visually lavish and darkly romantic experience, bordering on the erotic and surreal. It is based on a complex set of rules, which the participants were free to respond to during the week when they shot the film on a farm in the dense, tropical setting. And they did so with improvised performances, masquerades and role playing. There is – of course – an unhappy love story at the heart of it all. But the film we see is the result of a social experiment, where the participants' personal memories and experiences contributed to creating one of this year's strangest, most beautiful and free-minded films.