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The Woman Who Believed She Was President of the United States (2003)

A Mulher que Acreditava Ser Presidente Dos EUA (original title)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Alexandra Lencastre ... A Presidente
Rita Blanco ... Secretary Maria de Lurdes
Laura Soveral ... Mother
Helena Vieira Helena Vieira ... Singer
Suzana Borges Suzana Borges ... Leonor Ferreira Bastos
Paula Guedes ... Vanity's Director
São José Correia ... Maid Suzete
Patrícia Guerreiro Patrícia Guerreiro ... Twin I
Concha Sacchetti Concha Sacchetti ... Twin II
Io Appolloni Io Appolloni ... Esteticista
Adelaide João Adelaide João ... Kitchen's Chef
Mrs. Meng Mrs. Meng ... Chinese Teacher
Lia Gama ... First Comite Lady
Lídia Franco ... Second Comite Lady
Márcia Breia ... Third Comite Lady


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She really did !

Exuberant use of color and speech. I think it is as much a tribute to french cinema, where photography and dialogs prevail, as it is a bizarre caricature of American imperialism. I find the direction quite good. The use of space and light is excellent. The acting is marvelous. We find here a cast that includes some of the best Portuguese actresses, lead by Alexandra whose maturity is perfect for the role she so well develops and sustains throughout the movie. Another favorite character of mine, is the lady that always speaks in Latin, citing the great orators of antiquity. Being this a film with so much dialog, and quite unusual conversations at that, I'm marveled at the specifics that elaborate the speech of each character. It's easy to get lost and come out saying it was just meaningless. But many times I feel I'm listening either to a poem or an essay. It's also very interesting how such a strong questioning of American imperialism can be made without ever being aggressive about it. I think anyone who sees this film can hardly call it a waste of time. It's quite entertaining and humorous as well. I'm proud of Portuguese cinema for pulling this one out.

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Madragoa Filmes



Release Date:

21 March 2003 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mulher Que Acreditava Ser Presidente dos Estados Unidos da América See more »


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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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