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In Vanda's Room (2000)

No Quarto da Vanda (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 2 March 2001 (Portugal)
The film follows the daily life of Vanda Duarte, a heroin addict in Lisbon, and the community she lives in.

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Pedro Costa
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Vanda Duarte Vanda Duarte ... Self
Lena Duarte Lena Duarte ... Self
Zita Duarte Zita Duarte ... Self
Manuel Gomes Miranda Manuel Gomes Miranda
Diogo Pires Miranda Diogo Pires Miranda
Evangelina Nelas Evangelina Nelas
Miquelina Barros Miquelina Barros
Paulo Jorge Gonçalves Paulo Jorge Gonçalves
António Semedo Moreno António Semedo Moreno ... Self
Paulo Nunes Paulo Nunes ... Self
Pedro Lanban Pedro Lanban ... Self
Fernando Paixão Fernando Paixão ... Self
Julião Julião
Geny Geny
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The film follows the daily life of Vanda Duarte, a heroin addict in Lisbon, and the community she lives in.

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Imploding worlds
6 August 2014 | by kata-rokarSee all my reviews

You could plainfully say this is a movie about drugs and people taking drugs but then you'd have to take a closer look and another and yet another. In Vanda's Room is not about consumption of the body, it's about what roots us here on this earth. But is it real life? You have to wander about the nature and relationship of the director with all those characters. Are they even real? They don't seem like real people, sometimes it seems they're acting, sometimes it's real life. Is this a documentary or is this fiction? What's the nature of life? You'll find out you get a lot more questions than answers at the end of this fabulous piece of art. This is the story of an perfectly organized world suffering a true invasion - my machines who come to tear the Fontaínhas neighbourhood down, by men who think this is a junkies place. It's a world of rules as they come, it's a world of emotional need like everyone else's. It's just those people take drugs but drugs are a way of searching for care and comfort. This is a place of people and lives of people who want a place to call their own, despite whats inside. Amidst drug consumption and beyond consumption there are people who mourn the loss of their homes, who gets sad for feeling unrooted. While Fontainhas implode, so is everyone's own world falls apart, slowly, despite their senseless existence - apparently. They've got a strategy, a way to survive, a way to love, a way to cope. In Vanda's room some of the Fontaínhas people go in and Vanda also moves around Fontaínhas. This is not a movie about a neighbourhood and it is, it's about the micro and the macro focus, with specific and universal feelings. In the end, we are all a house who implodes against will.


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