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Word and Utopia (2000)
"Palavra e Utopia" (original title)

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The story of Father Antonio Vieira, a 17th-century Portuguese priest who lived in Brazil and worked for better treatment of the Indians and to abolish slavery.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lima Duarte ...
Padre António Vieira (Old)
Luís Miguel Cintra ...
Padre António Vieira (Middle Years)
Ricardo Trêpa ...
Padre António Vieira (Young)
Miguel Guilherme ...
Padre Jose Soares
Leonor Silveira ...
Queen Christina
Renato De Carmine ...
Padre Jeronimo Cattaneo
Diogo Dória ...
Chief Inquisitor
Paulo Matos ...
António Reis ...
Canto e Castro ...
José Pinto ...
José Manuel Mendes ...
Rogério Vieira ...
King João IV
João Bénard da Costa ...
Pope Clemente X (as Duarte de Almeida)
Ronaldo Bonacchi ...
Father Bonnuci


The story of Father Antonio Vieira, a 17th-century Portuguese priest who lived in Brazil and worked for better treatment of the Indians and to abolish slavery.

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17 November 2000 (Portugal)  »

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Palabra y utopía  »

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10 August 2002 | by (Herzlya, Israel) – See all my reviews

This was a poor choice for my Friday night viewing. I am usually glad when my channel programming allows seeing something else than the usual American stuff. I like exploring new cinematographic territories, and I have been rewarded with many of the finest movies that I have ever seen. This was probably my first Portuguese movie, and it was made more promising as the imdb information was pointing to the director Manoel de Oliveira as to a veteran of the Portuguese cinema, some kind of a Bunuel of Portugal.

What a disappointment! The movie is so static, full of completely still scenes serving as background for human rights preaching in Catholic language. According to the official site - '"Palavra e Utopia" cannot be classified as a documentary, a biography, or a historical or didactic film, despite its chronological format. Rather, I would call it a fiction, with all the premises this will allow.' Actually it looks like a combination of the worst of the above. None of the rules of cinema fiction seem to be applied to create what a good film is about - emotion, identification with the characters, communicating the ideas in an artistic manner. Acting is good, but it does not help when all the rest of the movie is so boringly didactic.

I am not very familiar with Portuguese history. Father Viera's historic character seems to have been important (kind of a Thomas More of his country and time), and he would have deserved a better film.

Unless you are a fan of Portuguese history or moral preaching, you should avoid this film.

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