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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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L’assedio / Besieged (1998) Thandie Newton, David Thewlis, Claudio Santamaria, Bernardo Bertolucci, Drama, Romance

Besieged (1998)
When an African dictator jails her husband, Shandurai goes into exile in Italy, studying medicine and keeping house for Mr. Kinsky, an eccentric English pianist and composer. She lives in one room of his Roman palazzo. He besieges her with flowers, gifts, and music, declaring passionately that he loves her, would go to Africa with her, would do anything for her. “What do you know of Africa?,” she asks, then, in anguish, shouts, “Get my husband out of jail!” The rest of the film plays out the implications of this scene and leaves Shandurai with a choice.

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Blue Thunder (1983) John Badham, Roy Scheider, Warren Oates, Candy Clark, Action, Crime, Drama

Blue Thunder (1983)
Blue Thunder is a specially modified helicopter. It is for police work, but is armed and designed to counter street insurgencies. Its makers want to show what it will do, but have to train Los Angeles Police pilot Frank Murphy to fly and use it in order to allow it to operate in the city. Murphy and the project pilot have differences going back to Vietnam. The conflict between them continues to heat up as Murphy begins to suspect that Blue Thunder is more than has been disclosed.

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