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Mariana is a 17 year old girl, who, after being rapped by drug addict, finds out she's pregnant and, in her path, discovers how difficult it can be entering adulthood. | Add synopsis »
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Leonor Seixas ... Mariana
João Ricardo ... Vitor
João Pedro Vaz ... Salvador
Maria João Falcão ... Teresa
Cristovão Campos ... Luis
Maria d'Aires ... Maria
Pompeu José ... José
Maria Rueff ... Cláudia
Luisa Salgueiro ... Celeste
Cecília Guimarães ... Salvador's Aunt
Fernando Heitor ... Philosophy Teacher
Paula Pedregal ... Portuguese Teacher
Ana Bustorff ... History Teacher
John Jesus Romão ... Jorge
Luís Areias ... Student
Teresa Faria ... Butcher's Client
Fernando Centeio ... Agent
Elsa Galvão ... Social Security Agent
Virgílio Castelo ... District Attorney

Rogério Samora ... Lawyer
Luís Lucas ... Judge
Cristina Cavalinhos ... Nurse
Fátima Moreira ... Waitress
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
João José Castro ... Man (uncredited)
João Silvestre ... Man (uncredited)

Directed by
Luís Filipe Rocha 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Luís Filipe Rocha  writer

Produced by
Paulo Branco .... producer
Fernando Centeio .... line producer
Original Music by
Luís Cília 
Cinematography by
Edgar Moura 
Film Editing by
Antonio Pérez Reina 
Costume Design by
Maria Gonzaga 
Production Management
Sérgio Baptista .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
José Aragão .... first assistant director
Maria João Matos Silva .... second assistant director
Sound Department
Manuel Corrales .... foley artist (as Manolo Corrales)
Carlos Alberto Lopes .... sound recordist
Miguel Martins .... sound editor
Branko Neskov .... sound mixer
Ricardo Sequeira .... boom operator
Camera and Electrical Department
Paulo Jorge Barata .... grip
Edmundo Díaz Sotelo .... first assistant camera (as Edmundo Díaz)
Other crew
Jaime Freitas .... production assistant
Susana Santos Rodrigues .... press & marketing communicator

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Portugal:95 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Portugal:M/12 (DVD rating) | Sweden:11


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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Silent & Powerful, 6 May 2007

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

This is one of those movies that doesn't come with big big promises of being this or that, they just creep up to you noiselessly, tell a good story, and leave you quite speechless and hunting around for a conclusion. often the result is that you begin asking for an encore, for it is hard to believe that something that you've just seen has really taken place.

Mariana is this sweet, 17-year-old, only child of working parents who are quite possessive about their daughter. The mother wouldn't let her daughter go to sleep on empty stomach. Now, this over-protected girl is, of all horrors, raped. But, just see her guts, she decides to keep silent about the entire thing. A cop offers to help her out because of a similar tragedy he has gone through, but no, Mariana won't take any help. She refuses to identify the rapist in the courtroom, becomes pregnant, contemplates abortion but drops the idea after some time, breaks up from her boyfriend because her body's been used by somebody else, and despite her school-leaving exam coming up, she decides to give birth to the child, naturally, and make that very peculiar gateway into adulthood. To hide her bulging tummy she wears over-sized clothes, puts ink-marks on sanitary pads to show that she's having her periods, and then, she delivers this sweet little girl.

What I liked most about 'A Passagem da Noite' is the power. you can't see it, for it doesn't come in the form of heavy dialogues or tense sequences. They come, yes, like I've already mentioned, noiselessly. Things up there on the screen progress like they ought to progress. You see Mariana Attending classes, going out with her friends, eating, taking a bath; you see her parents running their shop, talking to their daughter about her studies and exams; you see the cop doing his duty; things like that. However, there's this something explosive running beneath this apparently placid veneer. And this is what gives a very nail-biting element to this almost-normal-everyday-story.

It's hard to understand why Mariana chose to remain silent about her tragedy. But she has the guts, man! And the girl who plays Mariana, Leonor Seixas, is not just beautiful and fits the part, she also has this something about her face and mannerisms that makes the character of Mariana come alive. Had there been some real Mariana maybe she'd have looked like Leonor.

'A Passagem da Noite' doesn't make any promises, but it is one promising feature film for it tells the story of a girl who finds her way out of a dark and brooding night.

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