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Sleepwalking Land (2007)

Terra Sonâmbula (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 14 January 2009 (USA)
In the midst of Mozambique's devastating civil war, Muidinga, an orphaned refugee, wanders the countryside in search of his mother. His only companion is an elderly storyteller, and the ... See full summary »

Director:

Teresa Prata

Writers:

Mia Couto (story), Teresa Prata (scenario & adaptation)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Lauro Teresa Nick Lauro Teresa ... Muidinga
Aladino Jasse Aladino Jasse ... Tuahir
Ernesto Lemos Macuacua Ernesto Lemos Macuacua ... Siqueleto
Filimone Meigos Filimone Meigos ... Joseldo Bastante
Tânia Adelino Tânia Adelino ... Filomeninha
Erónia Malate Erónia Malate ... Mulher na Estação
Alan Cristina Salazar Alan Cristina Salazar ... Bebé na Estação
Gildo Arão Balate Gildo Arão Balate ... Líder do Bando
Jorge Kanic Passe Jorge Kanic Passe ... Bando I
Afonso Francisco Afonso Francisco ... Bando I (as Afonso Mauricio Francisco)
Alfredo Júnior Alfredo Júnior ... Bando I (as Alfredo Acilia Junior)
Candido Andrade Candido Andrade ... Bando I (as Candido Tanto Faz Andrade)
Cergílio Félix Cergílio Félix ... Bando I (as Cergilio Felix)
Frank Lipunda Frank Lipunda ... Bando I
Severino Rafael Severino Rafael ... Bando I
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In the midst of Mozambique's devastating civil war, Muidinga, an orphaned refugee, wanders the countryside in search of his mother. His only companion is an elderly storyteller, and the only guide to finding his mother is a dead man's diary. This transporting drama underscores the power of imagination in surviving, and ultimately overcoming, the catastrophe of war. Written by Anonymous

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Making Up Truths
2 September 2020 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

A boy and old man stop by a still-burning bus. "We will stay here" says the man, and they take up residence, explore the area around, and avoid other people. There's a civil war going on in Mozambique, and what the unseen soldiers don't destroy, the gangs of men do. The boy has no memory, but can read, and so he reads to the old man from a diary about a sailor who rows to a ship where only a woman is. The old man initiates the boy into manhood -- this will shock many modern westerners -- and tells him about things the boy has not seen, that indeed, neither of them have.

It's a movie about myth-making, the effort to make sense out of the world, set in a world that no longer makes any sense. The boy reads from the book, and is puzzled when the old man asks if he has invented any truths. The man tells him how the world was created.

Much of the movie is taken up with the two simply talking; given my unfamiliarity with Portuguese as it is spoken in Mozambique, I can't tell if the acting is particularly good, so it seems uncinematic to me. Nonetheless, the relationships and ideas behind the film are compelling.


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Country:

Mozambique | Portugal

Language:

Aboriginal | Portuguese

Release Date:

14 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Mozambique

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,282
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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