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Silvestre (1981)

The daughters of a nobleman give shelter to a stranger. After that visit ends with a severed hand, the pilgrim takes on different identities to seek revenge. The nobleman goes missing and his youngest has to pose as a knight to save him.


João César Monteiro (scenario), Maria Velho da Costa (dialogue) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Cast overview:
Maria de Medeiros ... Sílvia / Silvestre
Teresa Madruga ... Susana
Luís Miguel Cintra Luís Miguel Cintra ... Pilgrim / Knight / D. Raimundo
Jorge Silva Melo Jorge Silva Melo ... D. Paio
João Guedes João Guedes ... D. Rodrigo
Xosé Maria Straviz Xosé Maria Straviz ... Alferes (lieutenant)
Ruy Furtado Ruy Furtado ... Matias
Raquel Maria Raquel Maria ... Marta
Cucha Carvalheiro ... Elsa
Rogério Vieira Rogério Vieira ... Mule-driver
Afonso Vasconcelos Afonso Vasconcelos ... Hunchback
Manuela de Freitas Manuela de Freitas ... (voice)
João Perry João Perry ... (voice)
José Mário Branco José Mário Branco ... (voice)
Hermínio Rebelo Hermínio Rebelo ... (voice)


While a nobleman is away to visit and invite the king to his daughter's upcoming wedding, a strange pilgrim knocks on his door for shelter. Said visit ends in a violent confrontation and the pilgrim takes on different identities to seek revenge. Meanwhile the nobleman goes missing and his daughter has to pose as a young knight to save him. Set in medieval times, the movie makes use of theatrical sets, lyrical language and a languid rhythm to give it a unique feeling of a folk tale being transmitted from long ago. The cast is led by the 15-year-old Maria de Medeiros and João César Monteiro's frequent collaborator Luís Miguel Cintra. Written by Diogo Dietl

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And it starts!
4 January 2005 | by jomipiraSee all my reviews

João César Monteiro was one of the most controversial, exuberant, strange, mad, awarded, blessed, genius, talked about, extraordinary Portuguese movie makers of all time. And maybe one of the best directors in the world. I know it sounds ridiculous at first, but he is a man with an unique view on the world. And even though his late movies can be repetitive ( he was stuck on a character, he was stuck on the image of himself)he has made in his career some inventive and touching films. This is one of those cases. When I was a kid I used to see some movies over and over again. From great classics like Rio Bravo to the blockbusters of the time like Superman. And I saw them time and again, repeating the parts I liked the most. It was so with Silvestre. This is the kind of movie (if you see it with an open mind, it's a theatrical film) that will take you to a wonderful journey of knights and adventures. See it and let the magic carry you.

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Release Date:

6 May 1982 (Portugal) See more »

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Naturalna See more »

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V.O. Filmes See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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