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Foreign Land (1995)

Terra Estrangeira (original title)
After the death of his mother, a young Brazilian decides to leave his country and travel to his mother's native land. In a foreign land, he finds love and danger.
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Credited cast:
Fernanda Torres ... Alex
Fernando Alves Pinto Fernando Alves Pinto ... Paco
Alexandre Borges ... Miguel
Luís Melo Luís Melo ... Ígor
Laura Cardoso ... Manuela
Tchéky Karyo ... Kraft
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alberto Alexandre Alberto Alexandre ... Maitre Machado
Edilson Botelho Edilson Botelho ... Ator de Teatro
Canto e Castro Canto e Castro ... Porteiro
Bete Coelho Bete Coelho ... Atriz de Teatro
António Cara D'Anjo António Cara D'Anjo ... Espanhol 1
Carlos Dias Carlos Dias ... Barman Ritz
Filipe Ferrer Filipe Ferrer ... Coprador
João Grosso João Grosso ... Carlos
Miguel Guilherme ... André


After the death of his mother, a young Brazilian decides to leave his country and travel to her native land, as she used to dream with, as an Spanish immigrant. In a foreign land, he finds love and danger as he meets a Brazilian waitress and takes smuggled goods with him in order to pay for his travel. Written by Fabio Ornelas <fabiornelas@zipmail.com.br>

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The best place to lose someone or to get lose from your own self


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Second collaboration between Walter Salles and Tchéky Karyo. They previously worked in The Knife (1991). See more »


Paco: Thanks for the help.
Alex: I didn't help you.
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Fran Dance
Composed by Miles Davis
Performed by Miles Davis and John Coltrane
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Ver nice movie
3 August 2010 | by sllgreccoSee all my reviews

Sorry Russ Karlberg, but you didn't get anything.

The history and the way it was shoot is intensional, to represent a very bad time in Brazilian history, the years between 1980-1994. Inflation, government holding peoples money in bank, etc. The director Walter Salles said he shooted in black and white to show that bad times.

Maybe only Brazilians full understand the meaning of this movie, maybe the history is indeed complicated to the people that do not lived here in that time.

And for Ien Colby, who asked "Also how did they get through the gate, where were the cops?": man, why do you think they went to that very little town? Just for that, so the frontier isn't very guarded. Go there and see for yourself, it's really like that.

I really enjoyed this movie and recommended it, a fine movie like all Walter Salles movies, specially for Brazilians.

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