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Our Beloved Month of August (2008)

Aquele Querido Mês de Agosto (original title)
Not Rated | | Music, Romance | 3 September 2010 (USA)
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Docu-drama about Portuguese social life in the countryside during the busy month of August

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Miguel Gomes
12 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Sónia Bandeira Sónia Bandeira ... Tânia
Fábio Oliveira Fábio Oliveira ... Hélder
Andreia Santos Andreia Santos ... Lena
Armando Nunes Armando Nunes ... Gomes
Diogo Encarnação Diogo Encarnação ... Eric
Bruno Lourenço Bruno Lourenço ... Baixista
Maria Albarran Maria Albarran ... Rosa Maria
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joaquim Carvalho Joaquim Carvalho ... Domingos
Emmanuelle Fèvre Emmanuelle Fèvre ... Fatima
Manuel Soares Manuel Soares ... Celestino
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Docu-drama about Portuguese social life in the countryside during the busy month of August

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Genres:

Music | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Portugal | France

Language:

Portuguese | French | English

Release Date:

3 September 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Our Beloved Month of August See more »

Filming Locations:

Arganil, Portugal See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$39,783
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Runtime:

(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Portugal's 2009 Academy Awards official submission to Foreign-Language Film category. See more »

Crazy Credits

The filming crew is presented in the last minutes, while they undergo a nonsensical discussion about the sound recording for the outdoors scenes including music which "is not there". See more »

Soundtracks

Meu Quierido Més de Agosto
(José Reza, Dino Meira/José Reza)
Performed by Sónia Bandeira and Armando Nunes
Drums (MIDI): Nuno Pessoa, keyboards: Manuel Mesquita, guitar and bass: Mariana Ricardo
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The film that Portugal needed
27 August 2008 | by bode_malukoSee all my reviews

This brilliant film is genially directed by Miguel Gomes (one of the brightest and youngest Portuguese filmmakers) and approaches a large number of issues, inside the Portuguese culture as well as in cinema representation of reality.

The frontier between documentary and fiction is explicitly broken, since the reality which is represented on screen is many times the reality that is found everyday, but being represented on screen, becomes a different reality, obviously. It may seem a bit confusing, but the film-making makes it perfectly clear presenting the characters (and film crew) in their own environment, creating genius dialog lines, guarantying the continuity in narrative with delicious details, crossing the characters' path… everything fits completely.

With the best Portuguese humor, there are some questions which are pointed during this master-piece, as the religious belief, the secret dark customs of the relation between members of the same family (between brothers, father-daughter, cousins, etc.), the lack of strictness of the Portuguese people (as far as serious work is concerned), infidelity, the negative idea that the Portuguese people have of themselves or the isolation of the small villages in terms of absorbing new ways of thinking.

This is a film with a large number of dimensions or layers, like an onion. It is the reality of the deep Portugal in 147 minutes, guided by Portuguese popular music, which is the best sound track – through its lyrics and melodies – of what is presented to the viewer.

It is, after that, a great example of a film within a film in a extraordinary exercise of pointing out the problems of cinema in Portugal, invoking the particular characteristics of cinema in comparison with other art forms.

Portugal needed this film to think about itself.


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