For thirty years now Maria and José Ribeiro have been living on the ground floor of a Haussmannian building in one of the most exclusive districts of Paris. Everybody loves this nice couple... See full summary »
Joaquim de Almeida,
In a mental institution the patients see themselves as people like Jesus, Lázaro, Marta, Maria, Adão, Eve, Sonia, Raskolnikov, Aliosha e Ivan Karamasov, a Philosopher, a Profet, Santa Teresa d'Avila, reciting the Divine Comedy.
Manoel de Oliveira
Maria de Medeiros,
Luís Miguel Cintra
This movie could be much better if the narrative corresponded to the excellency of the image, the performance of the actors and actresses and the emotional weight of almost all the scenes. The last ones are even epic. But the story has lots of loose ends not very well explained and deepened. We only understand that in the beginning there was a murder (which we don't see and only watch the main characters running away from the place, uncle and niece maintaining an incestuous relationship). Then it begins their flight through the country first in a car that later is robbed to them while they stayed resting at a restaurant or something like that, forcing them to walk for a long time here and there trying to meet friends who could help them to leave the country while police is already hunting after them. The story is complicated from a certain moment on by the appearance of a young boy who is the older man's son (a paternity he ignored till then), fruit of a relationship he had many years before with a former girlfriend who now runs a bar of prostitutes or the likes of that and refuses to help the fugitives since she becomes jealous of the man's niece. The movie is rather dramatic and very well made in terms of cinematics but about a story whose plot is not very well told or revealed.
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