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O Fantasma (2000)

Unrated | | Drama | 20 October 2000 (Portugal)
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 ... See full summary »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ricardo Meneses ...
Beatriz Torcato ...
Fátima
Andre Barbosa ...
João (as André Barbosa)
Eurico Vieira ...
Virgilio
Jorge Almeida ...
Police 1
Salomão ...
Man with Doberman
Joaquim Oliveira ...
Mário
Florindo Lourenço ...
Rodrigo Garin ...
Young man in bathroom
Luis Zorro ...
Young man in Sergio's room (as Luís Zorro)
Maria Paola Porru ...
João's Mother
João Rui Guerra da Mata ...
Police 2 (as Guerra da Mata)
Lorde ...
Lorde
Swing ...
Doberman
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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 owner, João - a young man totally indifferent to Sergio. The frustrated trash collector's surfacing sexual desires unleash his darkest impulses, sending him down a dangerous path of violence, depravity and degradation. Written by mikhail080@cs.com

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No one can live without love!

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$10,434 (USA) (27 November 2002)

Gross:

$125,651 (USA) (9 November 2003)
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First feature film directed by João Pedro Rodrigues. See more »

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COME ON BOYS... Let's be honest here
2 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a somewhat interesting idea - if it really went anywhere. I enjoyed the first act as the young man becomes obsessed and I hoped the film would go further and to more mature places. The film just feels like a very long excuse to watch the gorgeous young man who plays the lead with no clothes on - and he's nude constantly for those who are interested in that.There's nothing wrong with making a hot film but honestly, this goes nowhere and manages only to raise a few interesting questions and then do zero with them.

I can't help but feel it's a protracted excuse to see this 18 year old beauty in his all his narcissistic glory. The filmmakers seem confused in their own descriptions of the action on the commentary track and seem to think that "Shocking Images" equals a strong film. Nah, not by a long shot. It's hardly the hard-hitting exploration of intense obsession it tries to be and succeeds only in being a pictorial of a this guy.

One need only to see the "special features menu" where it lists "eye candy" and each scene of the young man in his glory is featured for added pleasure. Come on now gentlemen... who are the filmmakers and anyone who seriously watched this film kidding? I'm all for a serious, dark explorations of taboo but this is not it.


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