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Meus Amigos (1974)

Filmed just before the Carnation Revolution of 1974. Dark portrait of a group of friends who used to be colleagues at the University in 1962. Ten years later, they have lost all their ... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Manuel Madeira Manuel Madeira
Tereza Mota Tereza Mota
António Modesto Navarro António Modesto Navarro
Jose Vaz Pereira Jose Vaz Pereira ... (as J. Vaz Pereira)
Maria Otília Maria Otília
Lia Gama
Manuela Maria Manuela Maria
Henrique Espírito Santo Henrique Espírito Santo
João Franco João Franco
Maria Maria
Adelaide João Adelaide João ... Mulher na Boite
Cunha Marques Cunha Marques
António Polónio António Polónio
Pedro Efe Pedro Efe
Guilherme de Almeida Guilherme de Almeida
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Filmed just before the Carnation Revolution of 1974. Dark portrait of a group of friends who used to be colleagues at the University in 1962. Ten years later, they have lost all their ideals. With Lisbon on the background they discuss politics, love, culture; each of them has reached a deadlock. The camera remains still while it registers the dissolution of their dreams. Written by marfilmes

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Portuguese

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11 March 1974 (Portugal) See more »

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Lisbon, Portugal

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Largely underestimated 70s gem capturing an epoch's mood.
14 March 2004 | by Emanuel_MatosSee all my reviews

By the time it was premiered, right after Portugal had put an end to its dictatorship (in 1974), Cunha Telles is supposed to have said: "This is no masterpiece; but, then again, it's no time for masterpieces yet".

Well, I don't consider it a masterpiece but it conveys such a nostalgic feeling of hopeful and enthusiastic times gone (in the aftermath of the Carnation Revolution) that I wouldn't want to overlook.

The film tries to capture the the political commitment and social engagement that those rousing and idealistical times produced in (even) the common people. All the characters are politically and socially well-informed - a reason to which might well be that they are literate cultivated middle class students or independent workers at home (like the main character who does translating and news writing).

Although this may feel like a contradiction to what has been said above, they all seem lost and freely-wandering people with loose reference points in a constantly and unexpectedly changing society. But that's the whole fascination (and reality) of post-revolutionary settings (check the post-revolutionary Soviet Union of the years 1917-1920s, before the grimness of Stalin's era).

There are great existential dialogues and realistically-shot long sequences (in a typical Portuguese "cervejaria", in a capitalist-owned mansion now occupied by left-wing would be squatters and walking on a Lisbon street by the river, just to mention a few).


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