MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 8,892 this week

True and Tender Is the North (2008)
"A Corte do Norte" (original title)

6.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 81 users  
Reviews: 1 user | 10 critic

Add a Plot

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: June

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in June, brought to you by Swiffer.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 28 titles
created 09 Feb 2013
 
a list of 17 titles
created 27 Apr 2013
 
list image
a list of 332 titles
created 10 Sep 2013
 
list image
a list of 547 titles
created 23 Dec 2013
 
list image
a list of 38 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: True and Tender Is the North (2008)

True and Tender Is the North (2008) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of True and Tender Is the North.
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Ema is a very attractive but innocent girl, so pretty that cars crash in her presence. Young marries Dr. Carlo Paiva, who she is not attracted to, but is her father's friend. They move to ... See full summary »

Director: Manoel de Oliveira
Stars: Leonor Silveira, Cécile Sanz de Alba, Luís Miguel Cintra
Doomed Love (2008)
Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A loner, narcissistic and suicidal teenager attracts most of the people he meets like a fatal aura, a black light. He falls deeply in love with Teresa but does she exist or is she a mere ... See full summary »

Director: Mário Barroso
Stars: Rafael Morais, Tomás Alves, Rui Morrison
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A transsexual woman tries to erase any past history of herself as a male. Struggling with a young male lover and a problematic son.

Director: João Pedro Rodrigues
Stars: Chandra Malatitch, John Jesus Romão, Ivo Barroso
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

On September 27, 1810, the French troops commanded by Marshal Massena, were defeated in the Serra do Buçaco by the Anglo-Portuguese army of general Wellington. Despite the victory, ... See full summary »

Director: Valeria Sarmiento
Stars: Nuno Lopes, Soraia Chaves, Marisa Paredes
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Guilherme and Sofia, brother and sister, grow up sharing experiences and slowly discovering their sexuality. The thing that Sofia doesn't know is how far Guilherme will go to keep her inside his own perverse, dark and perfect circle.

Director: Marco Martins
Stars: Rafael Morais, Daniel Duval, Joana de Verona
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A regular family living in the outskirts of Lisbon sees the serenity of their lives shaken beyond any remedy within a week.

Director: João Canijo
Stars: Rafael Morais, Rita Blanco, Anabela Moreira
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Follows a jealous countess, a wealthy businessman, and a young orphaned boy across Portugal, France, Italy and Brazil where they connect with a variety of mysterious individuals.

Director: Raoul Ruiz
Stars: Adriano Luz, Maria João Bastos, Ricardo Pereira
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Director: João Botelho
Stars: Jessica Weiss, João Lagarto, André Costa
Tráfico (1998)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Director: João Botelho
Stars: Joaquim Oliveira, Rita Blanco, Adriano Luz
Quem És Tu? (2001)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A historical classic drama in three acts, retold after an original prologue about dreams and nightmares of the thirteen-year-old noble heroine, Maria de Noronha.

Director: João Botelho
Stars: Patrícia Guerreiro, Suzana Borges, Rui Morrison
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The film was to be a documentary, but evolved during production to a fictional film. It nevertheless adheres strictly to the poems and letters exchanged by two of the most outstanding names... See full summary »

Director: João Botelho
Stars: Fernando Cabral Martins, André Gomes, Juliet Berto
Alice I (2005)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In the wake of his daughter's disappearance, a father wallowing in grief feeds his desire to find her with unusual methods.

Director: Marco Martins
Stars: Nuno Lopes, Beatriz Batarda, Miguel Guilherme
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Sissi / Rosalina / Emília de Sousa / Águeda / Rosamunde
Ricardo Aibéo ...
João Sanha
...
João de Barros
Custódia Gallego ...
Leopoldina - 47 anos
Lígia Roque ...
Margô
Laura Soveral ...
D. Matilde
João Ricardo ...
Gaspar de Barros
Marcello Urgeghe ...
Tristão
Margarida Vila-Nova ...
Leopoldina - 26 anos
António Pedro Cerdeira ...
Lopo
Diana Costa e Silva ...
Alice - 30 years
Filipe Vargas ...
Emídio
...
Francisco
Maria João Pinho ...
Olímpia
Maya Booth ...
Dozy
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

19 March 2009 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

The Northern Land  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Soundtracks

Quarteto de Cordas em Sol Maior Op.106
By Antonín Dvorák
Played by Stamitz Quartet
Foreign Media Group
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Painterly mysteries of five generations of women
30 September 2008 | by (Berkeley, California) – See all my reviews

This film by the Portuguese director João Botelho ('A corte do norte')shown as part of the 2008 New York Film Festival is a handsome adaptation of a 1987 novel by Agustina Bessa Luis, a multi-generation exploration of a wealthy family with a mysterious past and a house on the island of Madeira. A young woman becomes obsessed with finding the true story of a distant ancestor, a noblewoman who scandalized society. She explores the stories of various women, all of whom played out their frustrated passions on the island in large estates set along magnificent, wind-swept coastal places. One hanged herself. Another threw herself off a cliff into the sea and disappeared. Each of them, spanning five generations, from 1860 to 1960, is played by the actress Ana Moreira, who has seven different roles in the film. The younger descendant becomes distraught when she thinks she has discovered her grandmother was a whore. Or was she a famous actress? This central figure, Emilia de Sousa, was inspired by actress Emily das Neves, the first female superstar's of the stage in Portugal. The film shifts back and forth through time and across generations as it tells its tale.

This is a magnificent looking film whose scenes are often presented as striking tableaux of multiple figures in ornate costumes. This is another example of very sharp, very handsome-looking digital imaging. The lighting is dramatic and often chiaroscuro, and the colors are rich and evocative of 19th-century painting. The music is chamber and classical. 'The Northern Land' is elegantly crafted cinema in an old-world European tradition. The difficulties presented to a viewer unfamiliar with the language and the novel source are many, however. The subtitles are complete and literal, which means they are long and many, and they are small and ornate in font and thus doubly difficult to read. The story is hard to follow, and hence hard to relate to. The virtuoso performance of Ana Madeira is one of the beauties of the film, but does not make it any easier to decode. On first viewing, these painterly mysteries remain pretty much darkly mysterious. My evaluation of 8/10 is merely a generous guess based on convincing externals.

Other important cast members include Aibeo Ricardo, Rogerio Samora, Marcella Urgeghe, Antonio Pedro Cerdeira, Gustodia Galego, Diana Costa e Silva, Fernanda Borsatti, Filipe Vargas, and Graciano Dias.

This is a new film that will be released in Portugal in 10 theaters as part of a tribute to the author which will include a reissue of the novel and a book of photographs giving the screenplay and a discussion of Botelho's work of adaptation. Botelho was previously represented at Lincoln Center in the New Directors/New Films series with his film 'A Portuguese Farewell'/'Um Adeus Português' in 1985, and at the New York Film Festival with 'Hard Times'/'Tempos Difíceis' in 1988. This appears to be the premiere of 'The Northern Land' (at the Ziegfield Theater, the NYFF's main venue for 2008m at 9:15 p.m. September 30).


2 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss True and Tender Is the North (2008) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?