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Hovering Over the Water (1986)

À Flor do Mar (original title)
Laura Rossellini, a widow from Rome, vacations on the Algarve coast one hot summer. One day while sunbathing, she finds a wounded man named Robert drifting in the surf on a rubber raft. She... See full summary »

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João César Monteiro (scenario and dialogue)
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Cast overview:
Laura Morante ... Laura Rossellini
Philip J. Spinelli Philip J. Spinelli ... Robert Jordan (as Philip Spinelli)
Manuela de Freitas Manuela de Freitas ... Sara
Georges Claisse Georges Claisse ... Antoine
Teresa Villaverde ... Rosa
Sérgio Antunes Sérgio Antunes ... Roberto
Rita Figueiredo Rita Figueiredo ... Maria
Conceição Senna Conceição Senna ... Senhora Amélia
Haddy Moss Haddy Moss ... Chefe dos assaltantes
Gerd Volkmar Gerd Volkmar ... 1.° assaltante
Frederick Ooms Frederick Ooms ... 2.° assaltantes
João César Monteiro ... Stavroguine (as J.C.M.)
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Laura Rossellini, a widow from Rome, vacations on the Algarve coast one hot summer. One day while sunbathing, she finds a wounded man named Robert drifting in the surf on a rubber raft. She takes him home, and, after he is revived, learns his story. As they talk, their mutual attraction grows, until a group of armed men suddenly arrives looking for Robert. Written by http://www.cfi-icf.ca/summer_2000_films.html

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Portugal

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Release Date:

28 June 1996 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Hovering Over the Water See more »

Filming Locations:

Algarve, Portugal

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1.66 : 1
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The director could be seen sitting behind the two main characters in the cafeteria scene. See more »

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References Suddenly, Last Summer (1959) See more »

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Adadio ma non tanto da Sonata no III en mi maior BWV 1016
Music by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Gustav Leonhardt (cravo) & Sigiswald Kuijken (as Segiswald Kuijken) (violino)
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João César Monteiro has made a different film.
27 August 2008 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

A lot can be said about Portuguese director João César Monteiro and his films which are different from one another.One great thing about his works is that they have the ability to impress viewers by making them appreciate the value of a mature story which develops slowly.This is the reason why a lot of patience is required to truly assess the greatness of his films.João César Monteiro is one of the few directors whose films are not for pop corn munching audiences who excel in inane bigotry.As far as this film is concerned one should not be misled by what is written as synopsis."À Flor do Mar" is something more than few words which have been written as a condensed statement.The truth is that there is hardly any story in the film.What we really see are numerous moods and mood swings of various characters which have no bearing on this film's beginning,middle or end.By showing an isolated house,a beach and a seashore Joao Cesar Monteiro has revealed some of the most precious hidden talents of Portuguese actress Teresa Villaverde.


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