In 2011 Portugal began the so-called "year of the Troika" (EU, IMF and ECB budget cuts and economic restructuring), with the level of debt among the Portuguese people reaching staggering ... See full summary »
Every year, four ex-soldiers who call themselves "Os Imortais" ("The Immortals"), get together with four women to celebrate their war deeds and remember the old days, back in the war. On ... See full summary »
Joaquim de Almeida,
Julio, aged nineteen, has just left the provinces to settle down in the outskirts of Lisbon. He lives there in a poor area with his uncle Afonso and starts working as an apprentice ... See full summary »
Balancing between the past and the present, the darkness and the light, within the musky stone walls of Santa Chiara's 17th-century convent prison in Bobbio, a sinful Sister and a cultivated night owl Count are somehow linked together.
Pier Giorgio Bellocchio,
A woman takes her young son, leaves her husband and moves in with her lover. The boy, desperate to get his parents back together, becomes convinced that if only he can get his father's ... See full summary »
The realities of life are harsh in Padre Cruz, a slum on the edge of Lisbon, and its inhabitants struggle with violence and poverty. João Canijo's latest feature portrays life in this decrepit Portuguese suburb through the story of a family attempting to transcend its hardships. Márcia (Rita Blanco) shares cramped quarters with her two young-adult children and her sister Ivete. Her daughter Cláudia shows promise in her nursing studies, but her son Joca (Rafael Morais) is a delinquent with a suspicious supply of cash. Márcia's hopes for her daughter's future are thrown into turmoil, however, when Cláudia announces she's having a relationship with a married professor, an admission that brings out the specter of Márcia's own past. Márcia is determined to bring the affair to an end, even if it means compromising her cherished relationship with Cláudia. In her late thirties and yearning for companionship, Ivete loves her family and has a soft spot for her nephew Joca, despite his frequent ... Written by
Spoiled by self-indulgence on the part of the film-makers
Clocking in at a buttock-numbing 190minutes, 'Sangue do meu Sangue' ('Blood of my Blood') is a Portuguese drama about a working-class family's travails (daughter having affair with teacher; son in trouble with drug pushers; mother wondering should she move in with her boyfriend, etc). There isn't enough story to sustain a length of over three hours and shots of people walking along streets, or bits of dialogue that could have been half the length, are very self-indulgent. Not to mention the director's decision to have two or three conversations taking place at the same time, which means the sub-titles can't always keep up with the dialogue! There's a good kitchen sink drama in here somewhere, but the viewer needs to sort the wheat from the chaff to get at it.
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