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Blood of My Blood (2011)

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

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Joca Fialho
Rita Blanco ...
Márcia Fialho
Anabela Moreira ...
Ivete Fialho
Cleia Almeida ...
Cláudia Filipa Fialho
Marcello Urgeghe ...
Alberto Vieira
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Telmo Sobral
Fernando Luís ...
Hélder / Nini
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Maria da Luz
Teresa Madruga ...
Judite
Francisco Tavares ...
César Chaves
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Sandra Vanessa
Wilma de Brito ...
Érica
Neuza ...
Viviane
Joana Sapinho ...
Elsa
Dmitry Bogomolov ...
Vanechka
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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 Diana Sanchez

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5 October 2011 (Portugal)  »

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Sangre de mi sangre  »

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Spoiled by self-indulgence on the part of the film-makers
2 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

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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