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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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Cast overview:
Vanda Duarte Vanda Duarte ... Herself
Lena Duarte Lena Duarte ... Herself
Zita Duarte Zita Duarte ... Herself
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 ... Himself
Paulo Nunes Paulo Nunes ... Himself
Pedro Lanban Pedro Lanban ... Himself
Fernando Paixão Fernando Paixão ... Himself
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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2 March 2001 (Portugal) See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Ghost people
29 November 2003 | by valadasSee all my reviews

This movie follows somehow in the wake of the Eye Cinema or Cinema of Truth (Dziga Vertov, Jean Rouch etc.) though with a much different and unusual subject: the everyday life of a group of drug addicts living in a degraded quarter of the outskirts of Lisbon. It's performed almost entirely by non-actors I mean by the drug addicts themselves who live before the camera as if it was not there, in a remarkable and genuine display of realism which impresses deeply our minds and feelings. These people whom we see verging slowly towards their own moral and physical ruin move before our eyes like ghosts still endowed with conscience and sentiments, capable of reasoning about their own disgrace in a very lucid way which makes us feel that we are in front of human beings after all, worth of our comprehension and compassion not to mention the fact of our own responsibility for that situation in this strange society we live in. This is the best movie about drug addicts I've ever seen and it should be seen mainly by those who persist in ignoring this problem or who think that it can be solved by fighting production and distribution of drugs instead of trying to fight consumption I mean deviating people chiefly youngsters from the inclination to consume drugs which will allow them to evade hardship and dullness of life. Although if it will be necessary to reform society for that purpose. The camera has apparently no leading role in this movie almost limiting itself to show us those people living (?) before our eyes. Their gestures, words, looks and above all their silences have so much weight on our hearts and minds that they are almost unbearable. After seeing this movie we can but feel that we all must do something and quickly.


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