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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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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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Country:

Portugal

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

20 October 2000 (Portugal) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,434, 27 November 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$125,651, 9 November 2003
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Dolby

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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First feature film directed by João Pedro Rodrigues. See more »

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An original and consistent fantasy
28 November 2006 | by kingsley-ervinSee all my reviews

What no one seems to find in the film is the gradual regression of the hero to a canine level. We begin with his attachment to his dog as the only keen affection in his life -- they kiss, fondle, etc. Like the dog, Sergio tends to judge and eventually express his erotic energy through smell (e.g. the scene where he licks the shower wall), and at the end he is wandering the heaps of refuse poking and smelling at random, as the dog does.

His sexual hunger is probably to be passively possessed, but his culture and friends may demand a more active role. Yet he never finds satisfaction in such a role -- he rebuffs the fellow who's going down on him in the toilet -- and one imagines that what he really wants from the hunky motorcycle driver is to be assaulted and possessed by him. His loneliness and social anomie, as well as his undefined erotic drives, send him down a spiral of dehumanizing impulses until he seems to have forsaken any recognizably human responses.

It's an interesting and original film fantasy (I agree with the comment that "eye candy", perhaps the editor's addition,indicates a pornographic intent) but too simply developed to challenge your imagination.


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