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…
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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.
A Dama do Cine Shanghai / The Lady from the Shanghai Cinema (1987) Guilherme de Almeida Prado, Maitê Proença, Antônio Fagundes, José Lewgoy, Crime, Mystery
Real estate broker and former boxer enters an old cinema in the decadent downtown São Paulo and meets an intriguing and mysterious woman, very much alike the leading lady of the film. He gets involved with her and her problems and in no time is being accused of a crime.
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.
The actor of a film being made lives without distinction his own personal reality and his character’s fiction. As the involuntary object of chance and circumstance, he looks for a meaning and way out, while being pursued by outlaws, a magician, a romantic fantasy, a drunk and his own self-image. The humour, the reason of the persecution, situations, personages, set decoration, dialogs and soundtrack (which uses themes from other films) lead us to symbols, metaphors and the refusal of a possible logical narrative, in a way to allow the viewer to experiment a sensation analogous to the one of the main character, inducing in him the need of thinking a meaning while lost and led by the sustained expectation, and by the intentionally recurrent anti-climax.
O Bandido da Luz Vermelha / The Red Light Bandit (1968) Rogério Sganzerla, Helena Ignez, Paulo Villaça, Pagano Sobrinho, Crime, Thriller
The story a famous Brazilian criminal, called The Red Light Bandit because he always used a red flashlight to break in the houses during the night. Working alone, he also used to rape his female victims.