Tag Archives: Portugal

Alice (2005) Marco Martins, Nuno Lopes, Beatriz Batarda, Miguel Guilherme, Drama

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193 days have passed since Alice was seen for the last time. Every day Mário, her father, leaves home to repeat exactly the same steps he took on the day Alice disappeared. Obsessed with tracking her down he installs several video cameras to record the movement on the streets. In the middle of all those faces, of that anonymous crowd, Mário seeks a clue, a trace, a sign…The shattering grief caused by Alice’s absence turned Mário into a different person but this wilful and tragic quest is perhaps the only way he has to believe that one day Alice will reappear.

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How to Draw a Perfect Circle / Como Desenhar um Círculo Perfeito (2009) Marco Martins, Rafael Morais, Daniel Duval, Joana de Verona, Drama

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In a house, the last trace of a Lisbon that has long disappeared, Guilherme and Sofia grow up sharing experiences and slowly discovering their sexuality. Guilherme, sheltered in a female universe, unable to deal with the uncorresponded love of his sister and her relationships with other boys, ends up running away. After the death of his grandmother Clara, Guilherme refugees himself in his father’s house, who is immersed in a almost autistic world, which leaves him increasingly isolated.

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América (2010) João Nuno Pinto, Chulpan Khamatova, Fernando Luís, María Barranco, Comedy, Drama

America (2010)
America a tragic story told in a burlesque and ironic way, within a love triangle. Liza, a beautiful young Russian woman, is married to Victor, a small-time crook who lives on scheming and swindling, born and bred in Portugal. Fernanda, the ex wife, who ten year’s passed decides to drop by, is the gang leader, an Andalusian Spaniard. Victor has to decide which women to follow, Liza cannot really leave him, Fernanda doesn’t really want to stay. The six year old kid hangs everybody by a string. Eastern European newcomers give new business perspectives that are going to rock their small world by the beach: Cova do Vapor. A chaotic neighborhood of precarious housing located at Lisbon’s gates, where the Tagus River meets the Atlantic, where fishermen and retired factory workers coexist. An obscure little place, where everything suddenly changes, even the weather. After a violent storm, the gangster’s house gets a rusted fishing boat hanging on top of their home.

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Water and Salt / Água e Sal (2001) Teresa Villaverde, Galatea Ranzi, Joaquim de Almeida, Alexandre Pinto, Drama

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Ana lives in a little village by the sea, with her husband and her daughter. He decides to leave for a few days. That seems to be the ideal solution, because Ana needs some time to finish a work she has been doing for a long time. But her concentration seems threatened when she starts doing her daily walks to the village and the beach. She saves a stranger from drowning, meets young Alexandre and Emilia, and her friend Vera turns up in her house.

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El viaje de Carol / Carol’s Journey (2002) Imanol Uribe, Clara Lago, Juan José Ballesta, Álvaro de Luna, Drama, Family

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Carol, a twelve-year-old Spanish-American girl from New York, travels with her mother to Spain in the spring of 1938, at the height of the Civil War. Separated from her beloved father, Carol arrives in her mother’s home village and transforms the secretive family environment. Her innocence and rebellious nature drive her at first to reject a world that is at once new and foreign. But she soon journeys into adulthood through a friendship with Maruja, the village teacher, and a young local boy, Tomiche.

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Volta à Terra / (Be)longing (2014) Laurence Ferreira Barbosa, João Pedro Plácido, Documentary

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Volta à Terra tells the story of an endangered community: farmers who practice subsistence farming in a mountainous village of northern Portugal, deserted because of immigration.
Between the evocation of the past and their uncertain future, we follow the 49 inhabitants through four seasons.
Among the inhabitants we meet António, a former emigrant who fulfilled his dream of returning home, prepares the village festivities for the coming summer, and Daniel, young shepherd who dreams of love at dusk.

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Espelho Mágico / Magic Mirror (2005) Manoel de Oliveira, Leonor Silveira, Ricardo Trêpa, Luís Miguel Cintra, Drama, Music

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Luciano, fresh out of jail, was taken by his brother, Flórido, to serve in the home of wealthy Alfreda. He was surprised when she told him that her greatest desire was to see the Virgin Mary. Now comes this rich land owner with her sublime pretensions. Isn’t it enough for her to have an Aston Martin and a Jaguar in the garage and ten different dresses per season? It was all professor Heschel’s fault. Or someone else’s. Anyway, to go beyond the promise is heresy. Alfreda said that she wouldn’t rest until she saw the Virgin and made her some questions. Filipe Quinta, the Forger, says he has a solution. Meanwhile, Bahia, her husband, listens do music.

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