Tag Archives: Portugal

Doc’s Kingdom (1988) Robert Kramer, Paul McIsaac, Vincent Gallo, Ruy Furtado, Drama

Doc's Kingdom (1988)
Doc lives on the edge of Europe where it imperceptibly slides over into the Third World. As a doctor, he knows that the illness he has contracted ten years before in war-torn Africa is getting worse. The diagnosis is cholera, but Doc Knows the disease’s real name: despair. His thoughts about his failed struggle for justice and ideals are drowned regularly in alcohol. On the other side of the world lives Jimmy, a speed-loving motorbike freak who, when his mother dies, finds a letter from Doc and discovers that his father, whom he thought was dead, is still alive. The encounter of the two men leads to a reappraisal of two worlds in opposition.

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A Canção de Lisboa / A Song of Lisbon (1933) José Cottinelli Telmo, Vasco Santana, Beatriz Costa, António Silva, Comedy, Musical

A Cancao de Lisboa (1933)
Vasco is a medical student in Lisbon, supported by his rich aunts, whom he had falsely told he had already graduated. In fact, he devotes himself to a bohemian life, preferring the popular fairs and pretty women, especially Alice, a seamstress from the Castelinhos quarter, which rather upsets her ambitious father, tailor Caetano, who is familiar with Vasco’s debts. After failing yet another final exam, he is surprised by his aunts’ announcement that they will visit him in Lisbon to see his practice.

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O Pai Tirano / The Tyrannical Father (1941) António Lopes Ribeiro, Vasco Santana, Francisco Ribeiro, Leonor Maia, Comedy

O Pai Tirano (1941)
Everything is on the way for the annual performance of the Grandella’s Store Theatre Group, “Os Grandelinhas”, with the play “O Pai Tirano”. That’s when Chico Mega discovers that his beloved Tatão is turning her attention to another guy, Artur de Castro. When he tries to regain her love a series of mistakes between his personage on the play and his real life will lead to an unbelievable and much funny confusion with a great finale in the play’s performance at stage.

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O Fantasma / Phantom (2000) João Pedro Rodrigues, Ricardo Meneses, Beatriz Torcato, Andre Barbosa, Drama

O Fantasma (2000)
Young and handsome Sergio works the night shift as a trash collector in Lisbon, Portugal. He can’t force himself to connect with his pretty female co-worker Fatima, who displays an avid interest in him, so instead Sergio roams the city with the trash company’s pet dog. Eventually Sergio becomes fascinated with a sleek motorcycle, and then also its owner, João – a young man totally indifferent to Sergio. The frustrated trash collector’s surfacing sexual desires unleash his darkest impulses, sending him down a dangerous path of violence, depravity and degradation.

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Odete / Two Drifters (2005) João Pedro Rodrigues, Ana Cristina de Oliveira, Nuno Gil, João Carreira, Drama

Odete (2005)
Pedro and Rui kiss after a first-anniversary dinner; Pedro drives home, dying en route in a crash. Another pair of lovers, Odete and Alberto, split over her desire to have a child. Pedro lived in Odete’s building. She attends the wake, stealing a ring, a last gift from Rui, from Pedro’s finger. She behaves hysterically at the graveside, and later, wearing Pedro’s ring, she insists she’s carrying Pedro’s child. Rui grieves as well, drinking too much and seeing Pedro’s apparition. Odete’s obsession intrudes on Rui, whose grief makes him vulnerable to her hysteria. Can this end well?

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Sex Is Comedy (2002) Catherine Breillat, Anne Parillaud, Grégoire Colin, Roxane Mesquida, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Erotic

Sex Is Comedy (2003)
Jeanne is a director struggling with a difficult sex scene between two actors who can’t stand each other. Aided by her loyal assistant Leo, Jeanne is hell-bent on getting the scene right without compromise. Inspired by Breillat’s own experiences (particularly those in “Fat Girl”), “Sex is Comedy” explores the comedy of social manipulations, sex and power that takes place within the confines of a film set.

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