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Release Date:
10 November 1988 (Portugal) See more »
A drama following stories of characters from the Portuguese High Society. | Add synopsis »
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2 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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One of the great unseen films See more (4 total) »


  (in credits order)
Luís Miguel Cintra ... Viscount d'Aveleda
Leonor Silveira ... Margarida
Diogo Dória ... Don João
Oliveira Lopes
Pedro T. da Silva ... Niccolo
Joel Costa

Rogério Samora ... Peralta
Rogério Vieira
António Loja Neves
Luís Madureira
Teresa Côrte-Real
José Manuel Mendes
Cândido Ferreira
Glória de Matos (as Glória Matos)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jorge Almeida ... Convidado do Conde
Sofia Alves ... Convidado do Conde
Filomena Amaro ... Margarida (singing voice)
Vaz de Carvalho ... Viscount d'Aveleda (singing voice)
Carlos Fonseca ... (singing voice)
Carlos Guilherme ... Don João (singing voice)
António Silva ... (singing voice)

Directed by
Manoel de Oliveira 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Álvaro Carvalhal  novel
Manoel de Oliveira  writer
João Paes  libretto

Produced by
Paulo Branco .... producer
Paulo De Sousa .... executive producer
Original Music by
João Paes 
Cinematography by
Mário Barroso 
Film Editing by
Manoel de Oliveira 
Sabine Franel 
Production Design by
Luís Monteiro 
Costume Design by
Jasmim de Matos  (as Jasmin de Matos)
Makeup Department
Dominique Buisson .... hair stylist
Margarida Miranda .... assistant makeup artist
Véronique Vincent .... makeup artist
Production Management
Danielle Beraha .... production manager
Graça de Almeida .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jaime Silva .... assistant director
Fernando Vendrell .... assistant director
Art Department
José Matos .... chief carpenter (as José de Matos)
José Matos .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
William Flageollet .... re-recording mixer
Jean-Paul Loublier .... re-recording mixer
Joaquim Pinto .... sound
Francisco Veloso .... assistant sound
Special Effects by
Luís de Matos .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Mário Castanheira .... electrician
Rafael de Sousa .... chief electrician
José António Loureiro .... assistant camera
Jose Pichel .... grip
Vasco Sequeira .... grip
Editorial Department
Nicole Cohen .... assistant editor
Music Department
João Paes .... lyrics by
Other crew
Júlia Buisel .... continuity
Angela Cerveira .... production assistant
Margarida de Abreu .... choreographer
Mónica Lopes .... production secretary
Sandra Neves .... assistant choreographer
Paula Velasques .... production secretary

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France:98 min | Portugal:90 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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19 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
One of the great unseen films, 24 January 2007
Author: oksar-3 from Sitka

When this film was screened at the San Francisco International Film Festival, the Festival's Director spoke, practically begging the audience to "stay for the last 15 minutes. It will be worth it." In fact, the entire film is "worth it." From start to finish, it is an honest and well-crafted surrealist film, indeed in the tradition of Bunuel. It's tone and assault on bourgeois society is reminiscent of "The Exterminating Angel". But while "Angel" gets bleaker and bleaker as it progresses, "Os Canibais" becomes funnier and funnier, until, in the last reel, it explodes in a frenzy of absurdism that would make a devout Dadaist giggle.

Should it ever resurface, British and American viewers will easily understand that "Os Canibais" is a film 20 years ahead of its time. It is not the Thatcher/Reagan pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps world that "Os Canibais" is lampooning, but the obscene world of the New Rich as personified by those who shop for shoes while one of the world's great cities drowns.

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