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Nha fala (2002)

It has always been a firm conviction of the family that any woman who sings, will die. Now, while a girl is in France she becomes an international star. She realises that sooner rather than... See full summary »


Flora Gomes

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Credited cast:
Fatou N'Diaye Fatou N'Diaye ... Vita
Jean-Christophe Dollé Jean-Christophe Dollé ... Pierre
Ângelo Torres Ângelo Torres ... Yano
Bia Gomes Bia Gomes ... Vita's Mother
Jorge Quintino Biague Jorge Quintino Biague ... Mito the madman
Carlos Imbombo Carlos Imbombo ... Caminho
François Hadji-Lazaro ... Bjorn
Danièle Evenou Danièle Evenou ... Pierre's mother
Bonnafet Tarbouriech ... Pierre's father
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maica Baio Maica Baio ... Teresa
Lena Constantin Lena Constantin ... Waitress
Teresa Ovídio Teresa Ovídio


It has always been a firm conviction of the family that any woman who sings, will die. Now, while a girl is in France she becomes an international star. She realises that sooner rather than later her mother in Africa will learn that she sings. To solve this dilemma she goes back to her native village and arranges her own funeral, albeit with instantaneous rebirth. She is lying in the coffin while all invited guest form a queue and pass the coffin one by one. When she needs go to the toilet a boy will take her place. And then one of the guests says: How different she looks after having died. Is this an allusion to Bergman's movie "Now About These Women"? Written by Max Scharnberg, Stockholm, Sweden

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Ma voix, mon destin, ma vie, mon chemin




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Samsa Film (French)


Portugal | France | Luxembourg



Release Date:

25 May 2003 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

A Minha Voz See more »

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Dolby SR


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Good though not the director's best
15 January 2006 | by Andy-296See all my reviews

This third feature by director Flora Gomes of the African country of Guinea Bissau is a bit disappointing after his previous film, the stunning Po di Sangui, but this musical comedy about the success in Paris of a young black women singer from the island of Cape Verde is quite charming, if a bit amateurish at parts. The starring actress can't be faulted, the songs are good if not particularly memorable but the often silly dialogue and story are the main culprits here, I think. Still, for those interested in seeing a different sort of film (far away from the dull, artier African films often seen at film festivals) this is a movie I can readily recommend. (By the way, the director, despite his name, is a man).

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