Second Life (2009)

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Nicholas celebrates his 40th birthday in his country house, with some friends. He has everything he ever wished for, but, on that night, he will end up dead, on his swimming pool. From that... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paulo Pires ...
Fátima Lopes ...
Pedro Lima ...
Liliana Santos ...
Tiago Rodrigues ...
Sofia Grilo ...
Cláudia Vieira ...
Nicolau Breyner ...
Don Francesco
Rural Guard Officer
Rita Andrade ...
Airline's Assistant
Luis Filipe Borges ...
Police Inspector #1
José Carlos Malato ...
Police Inspector #2


Nicholas celebrates his 40th birthday in his country house, with some friends. He has everything he ever wished for, but, on that night, he will end up dead, on his swimming pool. From that moment on, a dead Nicholas wonders how his life would be if he had made a different choice, ten years ago. We then follow two stories: on one hand the police, trying to solve the mystery of Nicholas' death and on the other, Nicholas himself, living a different life. A second life. Written by Ricardo Maria

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We are only entitled to one life, why not two?





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Simply the best Portuguese film ever made till now which deeply respects an audience
3 February 2009 | by (Portugal) – See all my reviews

I always had shame on the Portuguese Cinema. The pseudo called authors like Manoel Oliveira, João Botelho only make films to themselves, they are selfish filmmakers. I went to see Second Life cause of the fuss about it, waiting to hated it like any Portuguese film that I saw on the past. I was so surprised, I thought that was a great cinema experience. A simple story, that make us wonder, just that (why so many comments on the depth of's clear that the intention of the authors is not that). The music is brilliant, Sasseti never stops of wondering me, Acacio light is simple and great and it's shoot in a beautiful way. If going to the cinema means having emotions and forget the real world so Second Life makes the job and scores high. I just didn't enjoyed the sequence of Figo, for me was the weakest moment, but it's a quick moment and the structure of the film holds it good. This film is simply the best Portuguese film ever made till now, and deeply respects the audience. A small note, I was verifying the rates that our Portuguese critics gave to the film and I notice a funny coincidence, they rated it so badly as films like "Vicki Cristina Barcelona" or "Revolutionary Road", strange isn't it?

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