Tag Archives: Portugal

Aldeia da Roupa Branca / The Village of White Clothes (1939) Chianca de Garcia, Beatriz Costa, Manuel Santos Carvalho, José Amaro, Comedy

Aldeia da Roupa Branca AKA The Village of White Clothes (1939)
Gracinda, a young laundry washer, lives with her godfather, “Uncle” Jacinto, and together they run a family business, doing the laundry for residents of Lisbon in their small village in the outskirts of that city (Canecas). Unfortunately, the business is not going very well, but that changes when Gracinda decides to go to the city to try to convince Chico, “Uncle” Jacinto’s son, with whom she is in love, to return to the village and give new life to the business. The village is preparing for the annual festivities and a dispute erupts between “Uncle” Jacinto and his business rival , the widow Quiteria, when each of them invites different bands to play at the same time during the party and dances.

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Julgamento / Trial (2007) Leonel Vieira, Júlio César, José Eduardo, Alexandra Lencastre, Drama, Thriller

Julgamento AKA Trial (2007)
In 1970, a man is tortured and murdered by the regime’s secret police. Now nearly 40 years later, his friend, who had also been tortured, recognizes the man he deems responsible for the murder of his friend. Along with three old friends and the victim’s daughter, they kidnap the man and take him to an isolated house. Once there, the concepts of justice and revenge begin to mix dangerously in a private trial with irreversible consequences.

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O Rio do Ouro / River of Gold (1998) Paulo Rocha, Isabel Ruth, Lima Duarte, Joana Bárcia, Drama

O Rio do Ouro AKA River of Gold (1998)
Carolina (Isabel Ruth), an aging local grande dame who works at a crossing point on the titular river, marries another late-in-life character, the dredging-boat operator Antonio, played by Brazilian TV star Lima Duarte. Not long after their union, Carolina becomes intensely jealous of Antonio’s fondness for their winsome goddaughter, Joana (Joana Barcia), and insinuates herself into a relationship brewing between Joana and a mystical gypsy gold salesman, Ze of Gold (Joao Cardoso). Soon, tempers are flaring, mystical secrets are being revealed and death is hovering over the central characters.

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