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The Circle (1970)

O Cerco (original title)
A look at the urban society of the seventies. The story of Marta a young and pretty girl, who leaves her husband to search for her true identity. She doesn't quite know what she wants, but ... See full summary »


Gizela da Conceição (dialogue) (as Gisela da Conceição), António da Cunha Telles (dialogue) | 3 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Maria Cabral Maria Cabral ... Marta
Miguel Franco Miguel Franco ... Vitor Lopes - the Smuggler
Ruy de Carvalho ... Dr. Alves - Publicity Agency Owner (as Rui de Carvalho)
Mário Jacques Mário Jacques ... Carlos - Marta's Husband
David Hudson ... Bob - the Airline Manager
Lia Gama ... Boutique Owner
Manuela Maria ... Suzette - Lopes' friend
Zita Duarte Zita Duarte ... Check-in Hostess
Edith Sarah Edith Sarah ... Landlady of Bob's Apartment
Oswaldo Medeiros Oswaldo Medeiros ... Ferreira - the Car Dealer
Óscar Cruz Óscar Cruz ... Rui - the Photographer
Luis Capinha Luis Capinha ... António Helder, Suzette's Friend
Ruy de Matos Ruy de Matos ... Stage Director
José Guerra e Silva José Guerra e Silva ... Rebelo, Police Chief
Mário Rocha Mário Rocha ... Martins, Lopes' Associate


A look at the urban society of the seventies. The story of Marta a young and pretty girl, who leaves her husband to search for her true identity. She doesn't quite know what she wants, but at least she knows what she's escaping from. Soon she encounters financial difficulties and finds herself involved with shady characters, a situation that leads to a mysterious murder. The net closes around her. Written by Marfilmes

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  • Grande Prémio SEIT 1970 (António da Cunha Telles)
  • Prémio SEIT 1970 - Melhor Actriz (Maria Cabral) & Melhor Fotografia (Acácio de Almeida)
  • Prémio da Casa da Imprensa - Melhor Realizador (António da Cunha Telles) & Melhor Actriz (Maria Cabral)
  • Prémio da Revista Plateia à Melhor Actriz (Maria Cabral)
  • Prémio dos Criticos da Revista Plateia ao Melhor Film (António da Cunha Telles)
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Maria Cabral is a one woman show VERY worthwhile seeing.
10 June 2003 | by Artemis-9See all my reviews

She has been compared to Monica Vitti, not that their bodies or faces are alike, but because they were two actresses extremely photogenic and of whose faces you can't deviate your eyes for a minute.

The director is obviously in love with this young, boyish, devilish attractive woman. We wonder how he felt when the character of a photographer on location (on one of Lisbon's most scenic gardens) hugs her, and rolls with her under a water shower...

The story is grim - the siege (as the title says in Portuguese) of a young, defenceless woman by all the preying men (and if you're attentive to the innuendos... the women) around her. The film opens with big plans of Maria Cabral's face, and then a thin strip goes geometrically around her, encircling her. I believe that is a piece of film - and the director does encircle his subject, 'Marta', from all possible angles, in all situations you may think of.

Both to recall places, and music of the early 1970s, and not to miss this great (short-lived for the movies) star, you should try to get your eyes on this movie.

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14 October 1970 (Portugal) See more »

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