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Balas & Bolinhos (2001)

A group of friends meet and combine a robbery from a gasoline station.

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Luis Ismael

Writer:

Luis Ismael
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jorge Neto ... Rato
Luis Ismael ... Tone
J.D. Duarte J.D. Duarte ... Quim Culatra
João Pires João Pires ... Bino
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Storyline

When Tone (Luis Ismael) completes his 5 year sentence in jail and gets out, he finds his friends and partners in crime living misery lives. He eventually regroups everyone and prepares a new heist he was planning on the time he served in jail: robbing a gas station where the money of the city's other stations is gathered. Written by João Oliveira

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Comedy | Crime

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Country:

Portugal

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

23 February 2001 (Portugal) See more »

Filming Locations:

Paredes, Tâmega, Portugal See more »

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Budget:

EUR1,500 (estimated)
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AACV See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Goofs

When Tone and Rato meet for the first time and Tone talks about the robbery, his cigarette changes length inconsistently between shots. See more »

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References Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »

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Why I loved it, as a self proclaimed film amateur myself
5 October 2015 | by cregoxSee all my reviews

I'm highly biased and giving random stars from 0 to 10 is way too subjective. But I loved this film despite not being able to understand much of what they say - even if my mother language is Portuguese (from Brazil).

The scenes and photography are well chosen, despite the limited crew. They had nobody dedicated for this (or any off screen job, on the credits) and, yet, did a superb job as a side job there.

The camera movement and rhythm is just in time. It does get slow sometimes, but it is apparently all on purpose because the slowness is spread in moments across all the movie.

I heard their budget was around €1500. Now, that's even more amazing. It means every actor there were doing it for free. Sure, all amateurs, but enjoyable and entertaining never the less. Have you tried gathering people for filming? Just try it.

I never thought it was possible to achieve a long film with such a low budget in such a country with no culture for it. Amazing. And really well accomplished feat.

I sure enjoyed watching it, and I may even watch again eventually. Yes, I think it has enough value for re-watching.

True, the film doesn't stand too good by itself, as a story telling. But, again, it's still quite enjoyable. I also love how the dialogs don't really matter, as the images speak for themselves. That's how movies should be done, in my humble opinion. Not soundless, but the video must always speak for itself.


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