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Come and Go (2003)

Vai~E~Vem (original title)
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Rita Pereira Marques ...
Adriana / Urraca
Joaquina Chicau ...
Manuela de Freitas ...
Ligia Soares ...
Narcisa the Antigona (as Lígia Soares)
Senhor Zé Aniceto
Maria Do Carmo Rôlo ...
Bárbara the Policewoman
Miguel Borges ...
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Tiago Diaz ...
Miúdo do Acordeão - boy accordionist
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Eva Sigar
Rui Luís ...
Padre - priest
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Release Date:

3 June 2003 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

Come and Go  »

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The on-screen title is Vai-E-Vem, which was the pre-release title. After the film negative editing was complete, the director decided to change the title to Vai e Vem, and this is the registered title, and the promotional Portuguese title used by the Distributor company. See more »


When speaking with policewoman Bárbara, João smashes and throws an empty pack of cigarettes to the floor, and it rolls under the table. After opening the door to let Jorge in, João returns to the table starting a new cigarette and there is no empty pack under it. See more »


References Pickpocket (1959) See more »


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A Farewell to life itself
2 November 2005 | by (Portugal) – See all my reviews

João César Monteiro, as always, in all is movies, showed a great disregard for conventions. Branca De Neve was a good example of that, Vai e Vem is also a good example of that.

Considered a madman by some and a fraud by others, is attempts to create movies that were at the same time groundbreaking and interesting were always misunderstood.

One of the greatest and most underrated Portuguese Directors of all time, no doubt about that.

Now one thing is, if you are not from Lisbon, or if you never visited Lisbon, you won't ever understand this movie. Because this lives out from the feeling that Lisboa is... I see this as an ode to the things that João Cesar Monteiro found dearest to him. Almost a farewell to life itself, and since this was Monteiro's last film, this is revealed to be true.

The last shot of the movie is the strangest thing I've seen ever in cinema. And you can take many conclusions out of it. Maybe he's trying to invert the papers, watching the spectators as they are watching him. Saying goodbye to the people that admired is work for decades.

Just like all the good things, you need to have a developed sense of inner-depth, to stomach this. Or else you're just going to quit after the first 2 minutes.

This is a unique film-maker, this is a unique film. If you don't appreciate you can always go watch, Scary Movie or some Meg Ryan movie. There's no problem with that.

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