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Joaquim de Almeida,
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João César Monteiro
João César Monteiro,
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João Canijo latest movie adapts a Greek tragedy "Ifigénia en Aulis" to a provincial Portuguese family that has to deal with the Russian Mafia after a deal went wrong. In a place where everything is bought and sold even the youngest daughter may have to be offered for prostitution to make up for a deal that went terribly wrong. "Noite Escura" deals with the emotions of a small family that runs a provincial whorehouse, having to sell their youngest in order to survive. Written by
Excellent cinematography and above average performances, make this the one of the darkest, 'in your face' dramas ever produced in Portugal.
Beatriz Batarda is indeed one of the best Portuguese actresses of our time, and Fernando Luís surprises with a performance well beyond anything he's done in television.
Mr. Canijo continues to innovate with his camera work and overlapped dialogs. He's one of the few Portuguese directors who's not afraid to experiment concepts and techniques that haven't been usually used in the making of Portuguese Cinema.
9 out of 10.
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