An 18 year old boy with a complicated life starts a criminal career but ends up on a rooftop of Lisbon. On the apartment below lives a recently widowed, lonely old lady. Against all odds ... See full summary »
Maria do Céu Guerra,
Beatriz Batarda plays Sara Moreno, a film and theater actress, known for the density of her dramatic roles and for the ease in crying in the characters she plays. With her father's illness,... See full summary »
A woman takes her young son, leaves her husband and moves in with her lover. The boy, desperate to get his parents back together, becomes convinced that if only he can get his father's ... See full summary »
Every year, four ex-soldiers who call themselves "Os Imortais" ("The Immortals"), get together with four women to celebrate their war deeds and remember the old days, back in the war. On ... See full summary »
Joaquim de Almeida,
Based on António Lobo Antunes's novel, a collection of letters written by a young soldier, doctor and a aspirant writer, to his wife while he was serving in Angola between 1971 and 1973, ... See full summary »
Julio, aged nineteen, has just left the provinces to settle down in the outskirts of Lisbon. He lives there in a poor area with his uncle Afonso and starts working as an apprentice ... See full summary »
Story of the 1974 coup that overthrew the right-wing Portuguese dictatorship--which continued the fascist policies of long-time dictator Antonio Salazar--and of two young army captains who were involved in it.
Maria de Medeiros
Maria de Medeiros,
Joaquim de Almeida
The film score is composed by Bernardo Sassetti, married to Beatriz Batarda, who plays the female lead role. See more »
For at least three times, Mario is shown traveling on the train. He is supposed to be traveling from Cacem towards Lisbon (which is further supported by him being shown entering the Lisbon subway system), but the landscaped that can be seen outside the window train belongs to a trip from Cacem towards Sintra (the opposite direction). See more »
First of all the version of 'Alice' that I watched was a DVD copy shown on a big screen, in a local film festival. The color was pale and breached. The film may as well be in B/W as far as I was concerned. I suspect the original 35mm version carries much better visual quality and would have enhanced my liking for film quite a bit.
I have not seen many Portuguese films in the past and regard this to be one of the well-directed and well-acted films from Europe. As a parent, I can relate to the agony and motivation of the parents portrayed in 'Alice'. My still-single friend, on the other hand, also watched the film but did not find the story engaging. But I do.
The ending was well done, although I wish it was done with a more positive note. But, as in real life, not all endeavors result in a happy ending so I really don't have a problem with that.
Overall, I find it to be a solid film for serious film-goers. Parental experience would heighten the viewing experience, I believe.
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