6.2/10
2,157
5 user 1 critic

Call Girl (2007)

Maria (Soraia Chaves) a sensual call girl, is hired by Mouros (Joaquim de Almeida) to seduce Meireles (Nicolau Breyner), the Mayor of Vilanova, so that he can authorize a multinational to build a high quality resort. However, Madeira (Ivo Canelas) and Neves (Jose Raposo), PJ police detectives, discover the evidence of corruption and begin to investigate Meireles. Everything becomes even more ... See full summary »

Writers:

Tiago Santos (original story) (as Tiago R. Santos), António-Pedro Vasconcelos (original story) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

More Like This 

Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

An young priest commits a crime when he falls in love with a beautiful and troubled woman.

Director: Carlos Coelho da Silva
Stars: Jorge Corrula, Soraia Chaves, Nicolau Breyner
Jaime (1999)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

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 »

Director: António-Pedro Vasconcelos
Stars: Saúl Fonseca, Fernanda Serrano, Joaquim Leitão
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Telenovela star Mariana is on the verge of a nervous breakdown: shooting is not going smoothly, her popularity is waning, and she is forever being hounded by paparazzi. Frustrated, Mariana ... See full summary »

Director: António-Pedro Vasconcelos
Stars: Soraia Chaves, Marco D'Almeida, Nuno Markl
Os Imortais (2003)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

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 »

Director: António-Pedro Vasconcelos
Stars: Joaquim de Almeida, Emmanuelle Seigner, Nicolau Breyner
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

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 »

Director: António-Pedro Vasconcelos
Stars: Maria do Céu Guerra, João Jesus, Fernanda Serrano
Adventure | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A group of friends that meet after some years apart,decide to hunt a treasure.

Director: Luis Ismael
Stars: Jorge Neto, Luis Ismael, J.D. Duarte
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

The film tells the story of Quim (João Paulo Rodrigues) and Zé (Pedro Alves), who are reunited with two cousins away from Lisbon. Together, they decide to revive past follies in Curral de ... See full summary »

Director: Nicolau Breyner
Stars: João Paulo Rodrigues, Pedro Alves, Alda Gomes
Zona J (1998)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Tó is a black boy from Zona J, a tough neighborhood in Lisbon, and falls in love with a white girl, Carla. Tó dreams to live in Angola, where his parents were born, however the reality the two teens are in makes everything complicated.

Director: Leonel Vieira
Stars: Félix Fontoura, Nuria Madruga, Milton Spencer
Saint George (2016)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An unemployed boxer turned collection agency employee deals with the deplorable methods they have to use when collecting bad debts.

Director: Marco Martins
Stars: Nuno Lopes, Mariana Nunes, David Semedo
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Cristina disappears. Tiago, her boyfriend, says that she was kidnapped, two police officers (Marco and Madalena) investigate the case and try to find the truth.

Director: António-Pedro Vasconcelos
Stars: Victoria Guerra, José Mata, Soraia Chaves
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

For thirty years now Maria and José Ribeiro have been living on the ground floor of a Haussmannian building in one of the most exclusive districts of Paris. Everybody loves this nice couple... See full summary »

Director: Ruben Alves
Stars: Rita Blanco, Joaquim de Almeida, Roland Giraud
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Satires and humorist sketches about everyday life and the ridiculousness of social interactions.

Stars: José Diogo Quintela, Ricardo de Araújo Pereira, Tiago Dores
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Soraia Chaves ... Maria
Ivo Canelas ... Madeira
Nicolau Breyner Nicolau Breyner ... Carlos Meireles
Joaquim de Almeida ... Mouros
José Raposo ... Neves
José Eduardo José Eduardo ... Gomes
Maria João Abreu Maria João Abreu ... Amália
Custódia Gallego ... Odete
Ana Padrão Ana Padrão ... Inês
Virgílio Castelo Virgílio Castelo ... Health Minister
Luís Mascarenhas Luís Mascarenhas ... Matos
Sofia Grilo Sofia Grilo ... Luísa
Daniela Faria Daniela Faria ... Helga
Raul Solnado Raul Solnado ... Jacinto
Joaquim Leitão Joaquim Leitão ... Andrade
Edit

Storyline

Maria (Soraia Chaves) a sensual call girl, is hired by Mouros (Joaquim de Almeida) to seduce Meireles (Nicolau Breyner), the Mayor of Vilanova, so that he can authorize a multinational to build a high quality resort. However, Madeira (Ivo Canelas) and Neves (Jose Raposo), PJ police detectives, discover the evidence of corruption and begin to investigate Meireles. Everything becomes even more complex when Madeira finds out that Maria, the passion of his life, is the bait that will force the politician to give way.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

thong | dominatrix | See All (2) »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Portugal]

Country:

Portugal | Brazil

Language:

Portuguese | English | German

Release Date:

27 December 2007 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Девочка по вызову See more »

Filming Locations:

Aeroporto, Lisbon, Portugal See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

EUR1,300,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,610,085
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Soundtracks

Call Girl
Performed by Paulo Gonzo
Lyrics by Paulo Gonzo
Music by Paulo Gonzo & Rui Fingers
Edition: Sony BMG
Recorded in the studios Auditiv
Musicians: Paulo Gonzo, Rui Fingers, Luciano Barros & Rui Barreto
Sound engineering by Rui Fingers & Luciano Barros
Audio production by Paulo Gonzo & Rui Fingers
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Cinematic orthography
27 January 2008 | by RResendeSee all my reviews

There were very interesting things done here, some things not that common in Portuguese films, but other things i thought to be messy.

Its main flaw might be to try to be many things at the same time. It's not that it isn't possible, but it's not well solved here. So, we have someone honest, but immoral (his weak point), lots of corruption, and some redeeming issues (love?). It might be a film of social impact (Portugal SA made it 4 years ago, with a relative success), in America we might think of films such as 'Wall Street', 'All the president's men' or 'Wag the dog'. Can we link that to a noir driven construction? maybe. 'Wag the dog' did it. Here we have the detective, we have a 'femme', maybe fatal. Let's talk about her:

The director (and i suppose the collective will of Portuguese film goers) is trying to define an image to our girl. She has talent, i think, she may have the looks if she's well used, but she's got to have a cinematic personality. By now, cinema gave us a full variety of female postures, it's a matter of choosing what suits her best. I personally don't think she may be Marylin Monroe, as it was hinted here, even though mixed with the idea of controlling woman as, say, Sharon Stone probably performed it in the beginning of the nineties. But i frankly think she might have been a Hitch's blond, but as a brunette (i personally think a Portuguese femme fatal wouldn't be brunette... this is intuition or preconception, i don't know). So, by now, i'd model Soraia Chaves after Novak, Hedren and Kelly. She would not suit the Hepburn-Hepburn-Roberts tradition, nor the parallel close shot tradition Falconetti-Karinna. All these women live much on the face, on the smile, on expression. Soraia sticks better, to my view, to the small moves, to the implicit actions, she is more Dietrich than Monroe. But she also has "sex stamped on her face" as Hitchcock might have said. Or maybe she has been misportraited so far in her short career. Vasconcelos compared her to Ava Gardner; it would be interesting to see Ava Gardner stick to her. Let us wait and see.

Back to the plot: we had the noir hints and the social flaws theme. But the game is opened, the mystery is gone, and besides the morality and real intentions of our girl, there's little more to find out. So the noir, which could work, is gone. As noir, i understand the ability to place the spectator behind the specific vision of a character (here that one might have been Ivo Canelas) and let the spectator know as much as that character but with the feeling that some outer force, god, superior character is moving the strings and pupeteering the whole action, out of our site. The fact that Canelas had in fact a past relation with Soraia Chaves could work perfectly in this logic of superior forces, fate... American cinema is exquisite in the way it handles with these things. In fact, just before i went to the theatre to watch this i had seen Ace in the Hole, by Wilder (a "non"? author) and this is all there: the ambiguity on whether Douglas is writing the story or not, and than who is writing it. A film has to come embedded on these deeper notions in order to fully work. Otherwise it's limp, incomplete. That's a lesson one can take from American cinema, and can't understand how Vasconcelos skipped it (since he wrote the story). So, from the moment the decision is to let the spectator get to know everything at stake, every move, on and of "stage", the interest in following this sticks to acting and directing. Here are the strong aspects of the film, which make the whole experience worthwhile. The last expression in Nicolau Breyner's face is heartbreaking, that ability Breyner had to tell us so much out of a face is something i'll keep with me wherever i go. The upper angle in that shot helps. And the whole direction is focused, much more than the storyline or the scriptwriting. The editing is not perfect, but it is competent, Vasconcelos has a very interesting way to "disapear" in order to bring out his stories and specific scenes (here he truly is what he intends to) so his moves are always subtle, and enough.

So, i believe we needed stronger writing here, to bring all this to another level, the kind of writing of 'Os imortais', which was much more clear, focused, and interesting. This one has problems with cinematic orthography, and it kills a good part of the experience

My opinion: 3/5 the acting and directing make up partially for the flaws

http://www.7olhares.wordpress.com


5 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 5 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed