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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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Teresa Madruga ...
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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Lisbon, the Atlantic and Bruno Ganz, not much else.
16 April 2000 | by (Auckland, New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Slow movies (i.e not directed at an audience of early teenagers) are to be praised. They are so rare. The merit of this one is that it gives you an idea of the pace of life in a port city like Lisbon. Ships not airplanes, the ocean and life in the old city, tramways not fast noisy cars...

Bruno Ganz is good but the rest of the movie seems hollow. Never mind ! it is quite refreshing to be rocked at the rhythm of the Atlantic swell.


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