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Os Abismos da Meia-Noite (1984)

Irene, a agent of an insurance company, is in charge of investigating the disappearance of an old librarian, in a provincial town. In the course of the investigation, she knows Ricardo, a ... See full summary »

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Rui Mendes ...
Ricardo
Helena Isabel ...
Irene
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Agostinho Alves ...
Contemplator
António Assunção ...
Hotel Manager
Eugénia Bettencourt ...
Adelina
Márcia Breia ...
Museum Employee
Augusto Campos ...
Bailarino
Canto e Castro ...
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Amadeu Caronho ...
Barman
Virgílio Castelo ...
Doctor
Manuel Cavaco ...
Clerk
José Eduardo ...
Simão
José Carlos Elisário ...
Bailarina
Baptista Fernandes ...
Magister
Pureza Pinto Leite ...
Bailarina
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Irene, a agent of an insurance company, is in charge of investigating the disappearance of an old librarian, in a provincial town. In the course of the investigation, she knows Ricardo, a professor of history, who knew the victim and is interested in the legendary traditions of the region. So Irene has the knowledge of the ancient medieval castle - whose secret entrance opens mysteriously on Christmas night during the 12 midnight chimes. Written by João Ferreira

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27 January 1984 (Portugal)  »

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The Magic Springs of Gerenia  »

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The magical fountains of Gerenia
2 March 2013 | by (another heavenly world) – See all my reviews

Magical movie based on ancient legends and alchemy. Parallel worlds. The power of love. Knowledge, fortune, rebirth into a higher plane. A wonderful fantasy movie that takes Portuguese cinema to rare ends. I do find a few negative points. The script presents a few inconsistencies that I deem quite unnecessary and even moral faults which seem inadequate to me because the film presents a passage to an ideal world. I also don't think the direction is very inspired. I like the scenarios, the ambiance, but I think color and photography could be improved in significant portions of the movie. The presentation of the village is a notable exception. Still, some powerful symbolism, a nice magical tale and an interesting soundtrack composed by the director's son who was just 20 when the film was made and also appears playing piano in the movie bringing Casablanca to mind with the hypnotic repetition of the theme song symbolic of a newfound love.

Worth seeing for fans of fantasy/alchemy/supernatural tales.


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