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City of Pirates (1983)

La ville des pirates (original title)
Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy | December 1989 (USA)
A surreal odyssey in which a melancholic maidservant crosses paths with a homicidal little boy, travels to a tiny island and encounters a man with multiple personalities.

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Raoul Ruiz

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Raoul Ruiz
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Cast overview:
Hugues Quester ... Toby
Anne Alvaro Anne Alvaro ... Isidore
Melvil Poupaud ... Malo, the boy
André Engel André Engel ... The fisherman
João Bénard da Costa João Bénard da Costa ... The father (as Duarte de Almeida)
Clarisse Dole Clarisse Dole ... The mother
André Gomes André Gomes ... The policeman
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A surreal odyssey in which a melancholic maidservant crosses paths with a homicidal little boy, travels to a tiny island and encounters a man with multiple personalities.

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France | Portugal

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French

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December 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Cidade Dos Piratas See more »

Filming Locations:

Baleal, Peniche, Portugal See more »

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Mono
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Film debut of Melvil Poupaud. See more »

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Featured in Raoul Ruiz, Drama Against Ignorance! (2016) See more »

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An Underseen Masterpiece
18 March 2020 | by kevinwhelan-61003See all my reviews

It's a shame that Raoul Ruix's film is currently unavailable on DVD or Blu Ray. City of Pirates is a beautiful and simultaneously unsettling film that is quite unlike anything I've ever seen before.

The film works on different levels. It works as a childlike adventure as well as a surrealist horror film. City of Pirates feels like a dream both in terms of plot and visuals. As a result the film casts a hypnotic spell on the viewer.

There is an underlying sense of loss and tragedy to the main character which I found added a layer of sadness to the whole film. One of the best aspects of City of Pirates is the visuals. I can't think of any other films that look like it. There are many striking shots that linger in your memory long after the film is over.

In conclusion, I'd highly recommend City of Pirates. It's a film deserving of far more attention than it earns. The film is free on YouTube with English Subtitles.


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