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Young and handsome Sergio works the night shift as a trash collector in Lisbon, Portugal. He can't force himself to connect with his pretty female co-worker Fatima, who displays an avid interest in him, so instead Sergio roams the city with the trash company's pet dog. Eventually Sergio becomes fascinated with a sleek motorcycle, and then also its arrogant owner - a young man totally indifferent to Sergio. The frustrated trash collector's surfacing desires unleash his darkest impulses, sending him down a dangerous path of violence, depravity and degradation. Written by
The USA shows violence and is still prudish about non X-rated sex. Europe hates violence (too many vivid memories) and is less repressed about sex.
O Fantasma is a modern testimony of this cinematographic différence. It portrays the crude sexual life of a handsome, predominantly homosexual, garbage collector. We gradually enter his slow obsession with domination. Looking for a master he gets entangled in a spiral of lust and loss.
It's interesting in the first part but becomes annoying and boring towards the end. Would have been a great short film.
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