The relationship between António and Ruth ends unexpectedly when Ruth decides to live with Pedro, António's best friend. António doesn't fight back and lets himself drown. From the woods ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Miguel Guilherme ...
Elsa Valentim ...
Rute Vargas
José Wallenstein ...
Raquel Dias ...
Bruno Bravo ...
Anabela Brígida ...
Pedro Carraca ...
Laurinda Ferreira ...
Violeta's Mother
João Salaviza ...
Gaspar as a Child
Marthe Rodrigues ...
Violeta as a Child
João Perry ...
Vasco Vargas
Ricardo Aibéo ...
Ruth's Colleague
Sofia Leite ...
Jorge Silva ...

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The relationship between António and Ruth ends unexpectedly when Ruth decides to live with Pedro, António's best friend. António doesn't fight back and lets himself drown. From the woods come Violeta and Gaspar, two strange beings, a mixture of fairies, demons and guardian angels, who help António overcome his depression. With the thunders the two characters return to their domains. And life goes on. Written by Marfilmes

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Drama | Mystery





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4 February 2000 (Portugal)  »

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Extremely Bad
3 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

This is a film about a man who got dumped by her girlfriend. He had to deal with his emotions. However, this film is so extremely bad that I could not believe that a film like this existed.

First, the story was a mess. No mention was given to the breakup, and the viewers have to guess this when the woman had a new boyfriend. Then, there were a lot of scenes in the middle of the film which had no purposes whatsoever. What were two people doing when they ran around in the woods? Why did policemen chase after them? No explanation was given. These scenes were scattered during the film, and made the film impossible to understand. Then there was another woman who had bad health. What was her purpose of her role? Was she the leading man's new girlfriend, or was she only sharing her flat with the man? What was the purpose of the scenes with a girl who need a brace to walk? She had no connection with the story. The film did not even explained who she was, or what she had to do with the story.

The pace of the film was painfully slow. There was so little happening in the 100 minutes of the time. In fact, even if something happened, I did not know at all. I did not understand one bit of the film, because the story itself was a mess. There was no story at all, just a bunch of unrelated scenes. During the film, I was waiting for the film to end, and when it ended, I thought it was such a bad ending because it was abrupt. I did not understand what the story was, and I got no message from the film.

The acting was bad too. The actors showed little emotions. Maybe this is because the actors did not know what they were supposed to do in this messy film!

I wonder why this film is shown in the European film festival. There were only about 10 viewers in the lecture hall! When the film finished everyone was saying that they thought the film was so bad. No one understood the plot of the film. I saw 600 films, and this is undoubtedly the worst film I have ever seen.

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