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O Fantasma (2000)

Unrated | | Drama | 20 October 2000 (Portugal)
Young and handsome Sergio works the night shift as a trash collector in Lisbon, Portugal. He can't force himself to connect with his pretty female co-worker Fatima, who displays an avid ... See full summary »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ricardo Meneses Ricardo Meneses ... Sérgio
Beatriz Torcato Beatriz Torcato ... Fátima
Andre Barbosa Andre Barbosa ... João (as André Barbosa)
Eurico Vieira Eurico Vieira ... Virgilio
Jorge Almeida Jorge Almeida ... Police 1
Salomão Salomão ... Man with Doberman
Joaquim Oliveira Joaquim Oliveira ... Mário
Florindo Lourenço Florindo Lourenço ... Matos
Rodrigo Garin Rodrigo Garin ... Young man in bathroom
Luis Zorro Luis Zorro ... Young man in Sergio's room (as Luís Zorro)
Maria Paola Porru Maria Paola Porru ... João's Mother
João Rui Guerra da Mata João Rui Guerra da Mata ... Police 2 (as Guerra da Mata)
Lorde Lorde ... Lorde
Swing Swing ... Doberman
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Storyline

Young and handsome Sergio works the night shift as a trash collector in Lisbon, Portugal. He can't force himself to connect with his pretty female co-worker Fatima, who displays an avid interest in him, so instead Sergio roams the city with the trash company's pet dog. Eventually Sergio becomes fascinated with a sleek motorcycle, and then also its owner, João - a young man totally indifferent to Sergio. The frustrated trash collector's surfacing sexual desires unleash his darkest impulses, sending him down a dangerous path of violence, depravity and degradation. Written by mikhail080@cs.com

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No one can live without love!

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Drama

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First feature film directed by João Pedro Rodrigues. See more »

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The scavenger
30 May 2005 | by valadasSee all my reviews

What begins as a story of a homosexual young scavenger in the streets of Lisbon ends like an almost surreal wandering of a cartoon character amid images of litter and desolate sceneries. The sequences of the first half of the movie seem to show the young man's lonely course, obsessed by the love of men's bodies and motorbikes and feeling equally excited when he caresses any of them. His only friend is the dog which goes everywhere with him. This first half although made of a lot of fragmentary scenes some of them very crude and hard core, has some meaning by showing in acceptable realistic terms the young man's obsessive course. But in my opinion the final scenes twist that meaning and change something psychologically real and authentic into some rare pathologic anomaly of the mind which devalues the whole story a lot. The movie has however some value because of the convincing visual harshness of scenes in its first half, combining in a somewhat symbolic way the real garbage the scavengers have to collect with the filthy obsessions in the main character's mind in a series of simultaneously uncommon and sordid but real scenes.


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Country:

Portugal

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

20 October 2000 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Lisbon, Portugal

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,953, 24 November 2002

Gross USA:

$126,783

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$126,783
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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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