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In the Darkness of the Night (2004)

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João Canijo
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fernando Luís Fernando Luís ... Nelson Pinto
Rita Blanco Rita Blanco ... Celeste Pinto
Beatriz Batarda ... Carla Pinto
Cleia Almeida ... Sónia Pinto
Natalya Simakova Natalya Simakova ... Irka (as Nataliya Zymakova)
José Raposo ... Nicolau, Nelson's Associate
Dmitry Bogomolov Dmitry Bogomolov ... Fyodor
João Reis ... Sónia's Boyfriend
Anna Belozorovich Anna Belozorovich ... Irka's Friend
Antonio Ferreira Antonio Ferreira ... Pressure Cooker
Ramón Martinez Ramón Martinez ... Sebastião
Ana Luísa Leão Ana Luísa Leão ... Paloma
Anabela Moreira Anabela Moreira ... Rute
Helena Alves Helena Alves ... Iris
Jinie Rainho Jinie Rainho ... Brigina
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João Canijo latest movie adapts a Greek tragedy "Ifigénia en Aulis" to a provincial Portuguese family that has to deal with the Russian Mafia after a deal went wrong. In a place where everything is bought and sold even the youngest daughter may have to be offered for prostitution to make up for a deal that went terribly wrong. "Noite Escura" deals with the emotions of a small family that runs a provincial whorehouse, having to sell their youngest in order to survive. Written by terminate

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Drama | Crime

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Country:

Portugal

Language:

Portuguese | Russian

Release Date:

21 October 2004 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

In the Darkness of the Night See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,970
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Portugal's official submission to the 2006 Academy Awards. See more »

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Followed by Misbegotten (2007) See more »

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Very good, very dark
21 July 2006 | by pfacSee all my reviews

Excellent cinematography and above average performances, make this the one of the darkest, 'in your face' dramas ever produced in Portugal.

Beatriz Batarda is indeed one of the best Portuguese actresses of our time, and Fernando Luís surprises with a performance well beyond anything he's done in television.

Mr. Canijo continues to innovate with his camera work and overlapped dialogs. He's one of the few Portuguese directors who's not afraid to experiment concepts and techniques that haven't been usually used in the making of Portuguese Cinema.

9 out of 10.

Highly recommended.


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