Portugal, late sixties. Tomás Palma Bravo, the Dauphin, is the heir to a world in decay. He is the master of the Lagoon, of Maria das Mercês, his barren wife, of Domingos, his black, one-armed manservant, of a mastiff and of an E-type Jaguar, which takes him to Lisbon and to the prostitutes.
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A Cara que Mereces / The Face You Deserve (2004) Miguel Gomes, José Airosa, Gracinda Nave, Sara Graça, Comedy, Fantasy
Until you turn 30, you have the face God gave you. After that, you have the face you deserve.” The estranged musical comedy that is Gomes’ first feature film seeks to convince its protagonist, Francisco, of that saying/dogma; precisely, during his thirtieth birthday. Or maybe it’s the complete opposite, and that Francisco who dresses up as a cowboy for the school play at the school where he teaches the children he detests, seeks to convince A cara que mereces of the fatality of the little phrase. But Francisco is a trick: he knows he deserves his face and his body because of him being intolerable. And A cara que mereces, hunted hunter, becomes a claustrophobic film that seeks to run away from Francisco using cinephilia as a way of escape; boarding, as Mark Peranson has observed, to the heart of Rivette, to the train (of dreams) of the recent Godard and, finally, to an impossible (but well-deserved) version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.
Os Imortais / The Imortals (2003) António-Pedro Vasconcelos, Joaquim de Almeida, Emmanuelle Seigner, Nicolau Breyner, Action, Crime, Drama
Every year, four ex-soldiers who call themselves “Os Imortais” (“The Immortals”), get together with four women to celebrate their war deeds and remember the old days, back in the war. On the summer of 1985, tired of their monotonous lives, they decide to rob a bank. Joaquim Malarranha, a chief inspector from the local police force who is about to retire, crosses their path and chooses to spend his last days of duty trying to solve the robbery. But as he carries on with his investigation, he discovers more than he could have ever imagined…
Quinze Pontos na Alma / Fifteen Stitches for the Soul (2011) Vicente Alves do Ó, Rita Loureiro, João Reis, Marcello Urgeghe, Drama
On a day like many others, a woman leaves work. She’s late for a party, in the outskirts of Lisbon. As she drives on the highway she sees a man ready to jump off a bridge. She stops the car, gets off and approaches the man, trying to save him. Something unites the two. They kiss. But when she opens her eyes she no longer sees him. In a city full of mysteries, the woman tries to figure out who that man was, living an adventure beyond her imagination… This woman had it all: the perfect husband, perfect friends and a perfect house. But in a snapshot everything changes. Sometimes, having it all is not enough…
Crónica dos Bons Malandros / Chronicle of Good Hoodlums (1984) Fernando Lopes, Nuno Duarte, João Perry, Lia Gama, Comedy
A gang decides to rob the Gulbenkian Museum, tired of their petty robberies. During the book talks about the life of each element of the gang and how they met. But the assault on the museum did not go as expected …
Coisa Ruim / Bad Blood (2006) Tiago Guedes, Frederico Serra, Adriano Luz, Manuela Couto, Sara Carinhas, Horror, Mystery
A well-educated, urban family inherits an old country house located in a small village deep in Portugal’s countryside. Upon their arrival they try to adapt themselves to the new lifestyle, but they soon learn that the village is overshadowed by superstition, religion and mysterious folklore. Strange events soon begin happening and as they learn more about the history of their family, they slowly begin to believe the rumors heard throughout the village: by inheriting the house, they also inherited a curse.
Belarmino (1964) Fernando Lopes, Belarmino Fragoso, Jean Pierre Gebler, Maria Teresa de Noronha, Documentary, Biography, Drama
Former boxing champion Belarmino answers a psychological facing the camera in close-up. Then the camera follows him in his daily routine, at home with his family, oggling the women and working as doorman to a night-club, as well as the of training and boxing sessions.
A Corte do Norte / True and Tender Is the North (2008) João Botelho, Ana Moreira, Ricardo Aibéo, Rogério Samora, Drama, Romance
A young woman seeks to unearth the truth about a distant ancestor in director João Botelho’s adaptation of author Agustina Bessa Luis’s popular novel. Upon learning that she may be the descendent of a noblewoman who scandalized society upon moving to the island of Madeira, a woman in the present vows to unlock the many secrets of her family past. Her search transcending time, class, and lifestyle, she gradually uncovers ties to several island women whose unfulfilled passions unfold against the backdrops of lavish manor houses and ocean-swept shores.
Quem És Tu? / Who Are You? (2001) João Botelho, Patrícia Guerreiro, Suzana Borges, Rui Morisson, Drama, History
Aged 13, Maria Noronha is an estremely pale and fragil girl, sick with tubercolosis. In order to alleviate her suffering, she gathers poppies from her garden, and at night puts them on the pillows on her bed. But the poppies have a devastating effect. Her deep sleep is disturbed by terrible ghosts and hallucinations: about the decadence of the Portuguese XVII century, the Jesuits’s power and the terrible Inquisition.
O Fascínio / The Fascination (2003) José Fonseca e Costa, Vítor Norte, Sylvie Rocha, José Fidalgo, Drama
A businessman on the verge of bankruptcy receives an unexpected inheritance: a large farm in Portugal’s southern province of Alentejo. But what seems to be his salvation turns out to be his doom. Fascinated by the story of violence committed by his ancestors, the previous owners of the estate, he becomes wrapped up in a hurricane of situations and sensations previously unknown to him.