Dora, a dour old woman, works at a Rio de Janeiro central station, writing letters for customers and mailing them. She hates customers and calls them ‘trash’. Josue is a 9-year-old boy who never met his father. His mother is sending letters to his father through Dora. When she dies in a car accident, Dora takes Josue and takes a trip with him to find his father.
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Bressane’s first color film, shot in the home of the artist Elyseu Visconti. Part of it is missing sound and final editing because the director was forced to leave Brazil. Horror and humor to deal with the subject of insanity: “In the end everyone leaves the house as though they were laboratory mice escaping, they invade the city and contaminate the world”. “If we talk about horror, this film deals with national horror, with Mojica Marins as an emblem. There might be a few touches of Corman and English horror, but it is another level of horror. What transformed the film was the location where we were shooting, the house of a 19th century painter, a receptacle of light. When I arrived and saw that house, that light, I said: ‘This is the film. This is the horror’. The meaning of the film, its appeal, derives from this laboratory of light” (J. Bressane). — Torino Film Festival
Os Mutantes / The Mutants (1998) Teresa Villaverde, Ana Moreira, Alexandre Pinto, Nelson Varela, Drama
A bleak drama about street children abandoned by the Portuguese juvenile system, Os Mutantes/The Mutants was immediately controversial in Portugal, where it inspired nationwide debate over reform of the nation’s youth authorities. Os Mutantes examines the lives of Pedro, Ricardo and Andreia, three kids in their early teens who have rejected life in juvenile homes or with foster families to take their chances on their own.
Balada da Praia dos Cães / Ballad of Dog Beach (1987) José Fonseca e Costa, Assumpta Serna, Raul Solnado, Patrick Bauchau, Crime, Drama, Mystery
In Portugal, in the 60s, the corpse of a man appears on Dog Beach. The corpse is identified as being Major Dantas, a man sought after by the local authorities after his escape from a military prison where he was awaiting trial for insurrection.
Inspector Elia, a solitary man, believes it was due to dispute on political beliefs.
Has the investigation unfolds, Elias constructs a violent loving relationship between a beautiful young woman, Mena, and the fugitives…
The bitch is called Maria and she is a sweet child. She has no father and does not like her mother. She has a boyfriend who is a bandit who would like to change his class.
There are two more bandits: a very tall singer and a guy from Oporto who is a very short and a full of life’s experiences. Neither of these two do much thinking, one even less than the other.
The bitch’s mother is a rich lady who has a lover who is not a handsome boy. All this ends badly because the sweet child plus the boyfriend who wants to change class, with the help of the lover who is a handsome boy, the rich lady who is the mother of the bitch, and against the advice of the guy from Oporto who does not do much thinking, kill a theatre caretaker who didn’t know he was doing there.
However, in the middle of this story the husband of Maria’s mother appears and things get really serious.
Kilas, o Mau da Fita / Quilas, the Bad of the Picture (1980) José Fonseca e Costa, Mário Viegas, Lia Gama, Luís Lello, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Kilas is a pimp who lives happy with Pepsi-Rita, fading sex variety starlet, and both lives at the expense of his God-mother. Kilas is the elader of a small gang of tough guys, and the police is too busy to care. A mysterious Major – eventually from the secret police – approaches Kilas in order that his gang will set up a discreet vigilance on the house of a notorious anti-fascist person. Kilas is only happy to oblige, as he is being paid for the guys’ work – until the contract is upped to place a bomb in the house. Now, that’s too much even for a low pimp like Kilas! But – meanwhile he has a love dispute to settle with that house’s owner; and that is a real psychological conflict that Kilas would wish not to have…
Sem Sombra de Pecado / No Trace of Sin (1983) José Fonseca e Costa, Victoria Abril, Saul Santos, Armando Cortez, Drama
A young man coming from the high-bourgeois family, Henry, recives in the barrack where he’s getting the military service, mysterious phone calls from a woman who attracts him to encounters without consequences. Thus he learns what love and war have in common: the strategies, tactics, enemies, allies …
A Vizinha do Lado (1945) António Lopes Ribeiro, Silvestre Alegrim, Carlos Alves, Emilia D’Oliveira, Comedy
The ethicist, Placido Mesquita, coming to Lisbon to visit his nephew Edward to rescue him from a damnable life of bad habits and finds himself torn between his passion for his next door neighbor, the young Mariana, and the loving relationship he has Isabel Moreira, artist brave and very determined varieties. The neighbor goalkeeper Jerome Saraiva and contribute to the confusion that is installed in the building and spread to the teacher, who sees the purpose of his trip radically altered.
O Que É Isso, Companheiro? / Four Days in September (1997) Bruno Barreto, Alan Arkin, Pedro Cardoso, Fernanda Torres, Action, Drama, History
Fernando, a journalist, and his friend César join terrorist group MR8 in order to fight Brazilian dictatorial regime during the late sixties. Cesare, however, is wounded and captured during a bank hold up. Fernando then decides to kidnap the American ambassador in Brazil and ask for the release of fifteen political prisoners in exchange for his life.
O Invasor / The Trespasser (2002) Beto Brant, Marco Ricca, Alexandre Borges, Paulo Miklos, Drama, Thriller
Two businessmen, Ivan and Gilberto, have their partner killed by a hitman who then blackmails them to gain control of their company. Ivan and Gilberto, part of the upper class, are dismayed at the entry of the hitman’s ghetto behavior and attitudes into their privileged sphere. Additionally, the hitman, in search of further riches, seduces the wealthy daughter of the partner he killed.