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Foreign Land (1995)

Terra Estrangeira (original title)
After the death of his mother, a young Brazilian decides to leave his country and travel to his mother's native land. In a foreign land, he finds love and danger.
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Credited cast:
Fernanda Torres ... Alex
Fernando Alves Pinto Fernando Alves Pinto ... Paco
Alexandre Borges ... Miguel
Luís Melo Luís Melo ... Ígor
Laura Cardoso ... Manuela
Tchéky Karyo ... Kraft
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alberto Alexandre Alberto Alexandre ... Maitre Machado
Edilson Botelho Edilson Botelho ... Ator de Teatro
Canto e Castro Canto e Castro ... Porteiro
Bete Coelho Bete Coelho ... Atriz de Teatro
António Cara D'Anjo António Cara D'Anjo ... Espanhol 1
Carlos Dias Carlos Dias ... Barman Ritz
Filipe Ferrer Filipe Ferrer ... Coprador
João Grosso João Grosso ... Carlos
Miguel Guilherme ... André
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After the death of his mother, a young Brazilian decides to leave his country and travel to her native land, as she used to dream with, as an Spanish immigrant. In a foreign land, he finds love and danger as he meets a Brazilian waitress and takes smuggled goods with him in order to pay for his travel. Written by Fabio Ornelas <fabiornelas@zipmail.com.br>

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The best place to lose someone or to get lose from your own self


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Trivia

Second collaboration between Walter Salles and Tchéky Karyo. They previously worked in The Knife (1991). See more »

Quotes

Paco: Thanks for the help.
Alex: I didn't help you.
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Soundtracks

Fran Dance
Composed by Miles Davis
Performed by Miles Davis and John Coltrane
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Good drama/triller marred by unrealistic story line.
28 December 1999 | by LenbrazlSee all my reviews

Fado is a sad almost bluesy style of Portuguese Gypsy music that is heard repeatedly trough the movie. As explained by one of the main characters (Igor) it also means fate.

Indeed it's fate that bring the two main characters Paco and Alex together and triggers the problems that ensue.

On the whole I enjoyed it quite a bit. It starts out as an 'on the down and outs' drama/road movie an builds into a suspenseful thriller / road movie.

There were two things that I found unrealistic that kept me from giving it a higher rating (I gave it an 8). The first is the major point of why did Alex give the stuff away. She was so desperate for cash that she sold her passport for a paltry sum and then she gives away things worth thousands to a stranger? Her explanation was unconvincing. Also how did they get through the gate, where were the cops?


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