The film tells a story of Mariana, a nurse who leaves Lisbon to accompany an immigrant worker in a comatose sleep on his trip home to Cape Verde. The devoted Portuguese nurse took a journey only to find herself lost in abstract drama.

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Pedro Costa

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Pedro Costa
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Complete credited cast:
Inês de Medeiros Inês de Medeiros ... Mariana (as Inês Medeiros)
Isaach De Bankolé ... Leão
Edith Scob ... Edite
Pedro Hestnes Pedro Hestnes ... Edite's Son
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cristiano Andrade Alves Cristiano Andrade Alves ... Tano
António Andrade António Andrade ... Kilim (as Antônio Andrade)
Daniel Andrade Daniel Andrade ... Nhelas
Manuel Andrade Manuel Andrade ... Tcheka
Raul Andrade Raul Andrade ... Bassoé
Joaquim Antunes Joaquim Antunes ... Pilot 1
Monica Calle Monica Calle ... Enfermeira em Lisboa
Joaquim Carvalho Joaquim Carvalho ... Pilot 2
Luís Miguel Cintra Luís Miguel Cintra ... Actor convidado
Isabel de Castro ... Actriz convidada
João Gomes de Pina João Gomes de Pina ... Bassora
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The film tells a story of Mariana, a nurse who leaves Lisbon to accompany an immigrant worker in a comatose sleep on his trip home to Cape Verde. The devoted Portuguese nurse took a journey only to find herself lost in abstract drama.

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Only film by Pedro Costa to use professional actors. See more »

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Featured in Olhar o Cinema Português: 1896-2006 (2007) See more »

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Morna das sombras
Lyrics by Robert Desnos
Music by Raul Andrade
Performed by Raul Andrade
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This beautiful little foreign film will leave you speechless
27 April 2020 | by dj_schweikert2007See all my reviews

Pedro Costa is the master of minimalism and for those who enjoy that form of filmmaking this will be a feast for the senses. He has made multiple wonderful films that fit the genre so I can not say this is his best but it is better than most films I have seen and I have seen a lot.

It is a beautiful film about a nurse and a volcano. Doesn't that description alone make you want to watch it? It sounds so simple and it is. And simple equals brilliance in the hands of the expert filmmaker Pedro Costa.

Be forewarned however that if you were not intrigued by the description about the nurse and the volcano then this may not be the film for you. Costa has a certain style that only some enjoy. But if you are one of the lucky few you will surely love this film.

There are many wonderful shots and the editing is brilliant. So often the camera does not cut away when in the hands of another filmmaker it would. Costa's distinct visual style astounds the senses. The cinematography alone is breathtaking let alone the beautiful story that will leave you misty eyed.

It is considered to be a remake of the 1943 film 'I Walked with the Zombie' although that one is considered to be a horror film and this effort is far superior. It is a drama and it is an improvement upon the earlier film. This is my favorite European film of the nineties.


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Country:

Portugal | France | Germany

Language:

Portuguese | Kabuverdianu

Release Date:

10 February 1995 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Down to Earth See more »

Filming Locations:

Lisbon, Portugal See more »

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Dolby SR

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Color

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1.66 : 1
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