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Cast overview, first billed only:
Diogo Infante ...
Jacinto Pereira Lopes
Cristina Câmara ...
Fátima Resende
Henrique Viana ...
Alexandre Boaventura
Ana Bustorff ...
Rosa Pereira Lopes
Luís Madureira ...
Father Francisco
Cristina Carvalhal ...
Maria Helena
Cândido Ferreira ...
Fernando Oliveira
Maria do Céu Guerra ...
Mother of Jacinto
João Reis ...
João Nuno Menezes
João Vaz ...
F. Pedro Oliveira ...
Paulo Magalhães
João D'Ávila ...
Canto e Castro ...
Fátima's Father
Joaquim Leitão ...
Paulo Patraquim ...
Dr. Teles


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Having never previously viewed a Portuguese film, I was curious about this particular new production due to its famed director (who apparently was a pioneer of Brazil's New Wave movement). Like the recent hit SYRIANA, Portugal SA may be hailed as a political thriller, exposing the dark side of politicians and their ties to corporate bosses. It explores about 10 major characters, all of whom know each other very well. They are highly influential in their career, and are lifelong friends. A bitter businessman comes along, takes in one of the guys, and the dilemma of "to double cross or not to double cross" begins. There is also a priest, who is sort of like the chief adviser to the group of influential characters, who secretly reads and narrates Machiavelli's "The Prince"--a text frowned upon by the church. But indeed, this film illustrates that some concepts from "The Prince" are very much alive in politics and abroad today, and hints that they may be essential for success. Although the government and situations depicted are Portuguese, I think the ideas are relevant beyond national scope. Bravo to Guy Guerra for undertaking this risky project.

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