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In the White City (1983)

Dans la ville blanche (original title)
A Swiss sailor jumps ship in Lisbon, tired of the noisy engine room, the ship "a floating factory of crazy people." He rents a room and does little. He writes letters to his lover, ... See full summary »

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Paul
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Rosa
Julia Vonderlinn ...
Élisa / The Swiss woman
José Carvalho ...
Le patron
Francisco Baião ...
Le voleur au couteau
José Wallenstein ...
L'autre voleur
Victor Costa ...
Le garçon du bar
Lídia Franco ...
La fille du bar
Pedro Efe ...
L'ami dans la taverne
Cecília Guimarães ...
La dame du train
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La jeune fille du train
José de Carvalho ...
Le patron
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A Swiss sailor jumps ship in Lisbon, tired of the noisy engine room, the ship "a floating factory of crazy people." He rents a room and does little. He writes letters to his lover, describing the whiteness of the city, the solitude and the silence. He sends his love and emptiness; she replies with love and confusion. He sends movies from his 8mm camera. Then he becomes friendly with Rosa, a chambermaid, and soon it's a love affair. He continues to send letters and movies home. His Swiss lover is hurt and angry; she sends an ultimatum. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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elusive, enigmatic
28 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A Swiss sailor suffers a quiet spiritual crisis while AWOL in Lisbon, recording his thoughts and impressions with an old 8mm movie camera and sending the images home to his wife. Pursuing an elusive, aimless life away from all responsibility, he wanders the boulevards, spends idle hours in pool halls, and eventually begins a love affair with an equally lonely and independent young barmaid. Nothing is ever explicit in this restrained and taciturn drama; the sailor's mounting despair is communicated almost entirely through a steady stream of sensuous imagery. In its own quiet, confident manner the film is one of the more poetic evocations of isolation and solitude, and a poignant reminder of the heartbreak always lurking behind any dream of total freedom.


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