This film about contemporary life in Lisbon concerns an Irish woman, Cathy, who dearly loves her Portugese lawyer husband Pedro. Though, unbeknownst to her, he engages in one tryst after ... See full summary »
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Pauline Cadell ...
Cathy
Rui Morisson ...
Pedro (as Rui Morrison)
Alexandre Pinto ...
Daniel
Alícia Gomes da Costa ...
Little girl
Fábio Silva ...
Daniel's friend
José Pinto ...
Little girl's grandfather
Luís Lima Barreto ...
Senhor Cruz
Manuela Carona ...
Cathy's friend
Maria Santos ...
Marta
Lia Gama ...
Emilia, Daniel's mother
Zita Duarte ...
Assuncao
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Sean
Sofia Aparício ...
TV Star
Luís Esparteiro ...
Luis Vincente
Carlos César ...
Costa
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This film about contemporary life in Lisbon concerns an Irish woman, Cathy, who dearly loves her Portugese lawyer husband Pedro. Though, unbeknownst to her, he engages in one tryst after another. Cathy soon finds herself trying to help a young delinquent get off heroin, while the youth's desperate mother joins a weird religious cult. In other segments, an elderly man is nearly driven mad with grief at the loss of his granddaughter in a train station, while a down-and-out jeweller ushers the young girl to a hotel room. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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Algures perderam a alma... e foi o fim do mundo.

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25 February 2000 (Portugal)  »

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Le mal  »

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Das Buch mit sieben Sigeln
Composed by Franz Schmidt
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two bringers of Ruin & Misery in Lisbon, circa 1990
6 December 2004 | by (Portugal) – See all my reviews

this movie is sad, full of ruin, but beautiful.

all the characters are touched by bad luck or misfortune, after all "mal" is the Portuguese word for "bad" but can also be translated as "evil".

things start like most of the Portuguese movies from the 80's/90's, that is kind of slow. of course there is also the usual English dialogue. then ruin strikes on the characters, and the story gets faster. at a moment things get really fast and the result is that the most dramatic scenes resulted kind of short! i don't know if there was a budget reason behind this but i'm sure the "in your face effect" wouldn't be as strong as it is in my point of view! just take a look on the pederast's suicide, or the bizarre ending! cheap but strong on emotions matter!

see this movie and you will be thinking of it for a while, trying to discover "meanings" for some of the characters, as ruin only strikes on one person after he/she gets in contact with one of the 2 youngsters on this movie: the adolescent junkie and the lost-on-the-street little girl. it reminds me the angel on Pasolini's "teorema". they are the bringers of ruin & misery.

alexandre pinto, here in his second movie, continues playing role of a street boy, dealing with heroin and stuff, like in "os mutantes" 1998 (another Portuguese movie that i advice!)


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