When Portuguese writer/director Carlos Amaral (“Por Diabos”) sat down to work out the story of “Infinite Sea,” I’m sure he found the idea fascinating and full of promise, as did I when I first heard of his film.
The story takes place in a bleak, near empty city somewhere in Portugal. It isn’t named, but the few people we meet speak Portuguese, so … Whether it is part of our world or some parallel world doesn’t matter. The city doesn’t appear damaged, the utilities function, and the atmosphere, while dreary, is not obviously dangerous. Occasionally a distant rocket takes off, headed for a new Eden, a planet orbiting Proxima Centauri. That star is 4.24 light years from our own, so you can imagine the travel time for people living in a world with technology comparable to our own. For those of you who can’t, it would take about 6,300 years. (CONTINUED)