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Ossos (1997)

Not Rated | | Drama | 14 November 1997 (Portugal)
A suicidal young woman gives her newborn child up to his deadbeat father in the Fontainhas slums of Lisbon.

Director:

Pedro Costa

Writer:

Pedro Costa
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2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Vanda Duarte Vanda Duarte ... Clotilde
Nuno Vaz Nuno Vaz ... The Father
Mariya Lipkina Mariya Lipkina ... Tina
Isabel Ruth ... Eduarda
Inês de Medeiros Inês de Medeiros ... Whore
Miguel Sermão Miguel Sermão ... Clotilde's Husband
Berta Susana Teixeira Berta Susana Teixeira ... Nurse
Clotilde Montron Clotilde Montron ... Friend
Zita Duarte Zita Duarte ... Friend
Beatriz Lopez Beatriz Lopez
Luísa Carvalho Luísa Carvalho
Ana Marta Ana Marta
Carolina Eira Carolina Eira
Ricky Tavares Ricky Tavares ... (as Ricardo Tavares)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anna Carvalho ... Prostitute
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Storyline

The first film in Pedro Costa's transformative trilogy about Fontainhas, an impoverished quarter of Lisbon, Ossos is a tale of young lives torn apart by desperation. After a suicidal teenage girl gives birth, she misguidedly entrusts her baby's safety to the troubled, deadbeat father, whose violent actions take the viewer on a tour of the foreboding, crumbling shantytown in which they live. With its reserved, shadowy cinematography by Emmanuel Machuel (who collaborated with Bresson on L'argent), Ossos is a haunting look at a devastated community. Written by Anonymous

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Drama

Certificate:

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Trivia

This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #509. See more »

Quotes

The Father: Something for the baby...
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Connections

Followed by In Vanda's Room (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Carro Bedjo
Performed by Os Sabura
Written by Augusto Rasta
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challenging film
9 May 2010 | by disdressed12See all my reviews

this is one unique film form Portuguese director Pedro Costa.it's a film that definitely requires more than one viewing in order to fully understand it.i liked it,but there's no doubt it's challenging.however,that just makes the experience more rewarding once we do comprehend what it is we have witnessed.as for this movie,though i didn't completely grasp the meaning of it all,i did like the look and the atmosphere of it.colours were used to very good effect.dialogue is used very sparingly here,and that works in the film's favour as well.keep in mind going in,this a movie that will challenge you and make you use your mind.if you're not wiling to be engaged mentally,this isn't your film.


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Country:

Portugal | France | Denmark

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

14 November 1997 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Кости See more »

Filming Locations:

Portugal See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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