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A drama following stories of characters from the Portuguese High Society.

Director:

Manoel de Oliveira

Writers:

Álvaro Carvalhal (novel), João Paes (libretto) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Luís Miguel Cintra Luís Miguel Cintra ... Viscount d'Aveleda
Leonor Silveira Leonor Silveira ... Margarida
Diogo Dória Diogo Dória ... Don João
Oliveira Lopes Oliveira Lopes
Pedro T. da Silva Pedro T. da Silva ... Niccolo
Joel Costa Joel Costa
Rogério Samora ... Peralta
Rogério Vieira Rogério Vieira
António Loja Neves António Loja Neves
Luís Madureira Luís Madureira
Teresa Côrte-Real Teresa Côrte-Real
José Manuel Mendes José Manuel Mendes
Cândido Ferreira Cândido Ferreira
Glória de Matos Glória de Matos ... (as Glória Matos)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jorge Almeida Jorge Almeida ... Convidado do Conde
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A drama following stories of characters from the Portuguese High Society.

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Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

10 November 1988 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

The Cannibals See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Filmargem,La Sept,Gemini Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Opera as perhaps Bunuel would have liked it...
14 April 2003 | by SorsimusSee all my reviews

A film of two halves, Os Canibais starts as an opera and ends as a surreal opera. The story is about upper class love and marriage, lifestyle and prejudice, jealousy and revenge, suicide and cannibalism. And so on.

For the first hour or so director De Oliveira keeps the audience in a state of disbelief by showing us the empty life of the upper class in "their own art form": Os Canibais is a true opera- every line is sung, but rewards us in the end by going surreal. You'll know what I mean when you see it yourself.

Even though the last fifteen minutes of Os Canibais are great it doesn't remove the fact that the first hour is somewhat painful to watch. It might be different for people who understand and appreciate opera. The ending can be recommended for everyone who love the films of Bunuel, the works of surrealists or just enjoy good cinema with surprises.


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