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2 March 2001 (Portugal) See more »
The film follows the daily life of Vanda Duarte, a heroin addict in Lisbon, and the community she lives in. | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Pedro Costa 
Produced by
Karl Baumgartner .... producer
Andres Pfäffli .... producer
Francisco Villa-Lobos .... producer
Cinematography by
Pedro Costa 
Film Editing by
Dominique Auvray 
Patricia Saramago 
Sound Department
Stephan Konken .... sound re-recording mixer
Martin Langenbach .... foley artist
Pedro Melo .... sound
Markus Pauli .... sound recordist
Hartmut Teschemacher .... sound recordist
Editorial Department
Pedro Filipe Marques .... assistant editor (as Pedro Marques)

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Also Known As:
"No Quarto da Vanda" - Portugal (original title)
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Portugal:170 min | Switzerland:179 min
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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25 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Ghost people, 29 November 2003
Author: valadas from Portugal

This movie follows somehow in the wake of the Eye Cinema or Cinema of Truth (Dziga Vertov, Jean Rouch etc.) though with a much different and unusual subject: the everyday life of a group of drug addicts living in a degraded quarter of the outskirts of Lisbon. It's performed almost entirely by non-actors I mean by the drug addicts themselves who live before the camera as if it was not there, in a remarkable and genuine display of realism which impresses deeply our minds and feelings. These people whom we see verging slowly towards their own moral and physical ruin move before our eyes like ghosts still endowed with conscience and sentiments, capable of reasoning about their own disgrace in a very lucid way which makes us feel that we are in front of human beings after all, worth of our comprehension and compassion not to mention the fact of our own responsibility for that situation in this strange society we live in. This is the best movie about drug addicts I've ever seen and it should be seen mainly by those who persist in ignoring this problem or who think that it can be solved by fighting production and distribution of drugs instead of trying to fight consumption I mean deviating people chiefly youngsters from the inclination to consume drugs which will allow them to evade hardship and dullness of life. Although if it will be necessary to reform society for that purpose. The camera has apparently no leading role in this movie almost limiting itself to show us those people living (?) before our eyes. Their gestures, words, looks and above all their silences have so much weight on our hearts and minds that they are almost unbearable. After seeing this movie we can but feel that we all must do something and quickly.

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