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Second Life (2009)

Nicholas celebrates his 40th birthday in his country house, with some friends. He has everything he ever wished for, but, on that night, he will end up dead, on his swimming pool. From that... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Piotr Adamczyk ... Nicholas
Lúcia Moniz ... Sara
Paulo Pires ... Pepe
Fátima Lopes Fátima Lopes ... Marta
Pedro Lima Pedro Lima ... Luca
Sandra Cóias Sandra Cóias ... Liza
Liliana Santos Liliana Santos ... Raquel
Tiago Rodrigues Tiago Rodrigues ... João
Sofia Grilo Sofia Grilo ... Ana
Cláudia Vieira Cláudia Vieira ... Claudia
Nicolau Breyner Nicolau Breyner ... Don Francesco
Pêpê Rapazote ... Rural Guard Officer
Rita Andrade Rita Andrade ... Airline's Assistant
Luis Filipe Borges Luis Filipe Borges ... Police Inspector #1
José Carlos Malato José Carlos Malato ... Police Inspector #2


Nicholas celebrates his 40th birthday in his country house, with some friends. He has everything he ever wished for, but, on that night, he will end up dead, on his swimming pool. From that moment on, a dead Nicholas wonders how his life would be if he had made a different choice, ten years ago. We then follow two stories: on one hand the police, trying to solve the mystery of Nicholas' death and on the other, Nicholas himself, living a different life. A second life. Written by Ricardo Maria

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We are only entitled to one life, why not two?





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Release Date:

29 January 2009 (Portugal) See more »

Filming Locations:

Beja, Alentejo, Portugal See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Utopia Filmes See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A cinematic experience
3 February 2009 | by tastingthesnowSee all my reviews

I recommend anyone to see this film. It is a pure cinematic experience: the music is astonishing, the images are beautiful, the acting terrific and the story keeps you guessing as all times. It is a complex story with lots of questions. I think a lot of people do not try to follow it, and so then they criticise it, which is more reflection them than the film. Also, any Portuguese person is interested to see so many of their greatest national names in the one film. Compared to the standard Portuguese film this is a film that raises to new heights what Portuguese cinema can do and achieve. I think Alexandre Valente is a producer that many people love to hate because he is so successful, because is a smart producer, he understands very well the *whole* approach to film - the images, the story, the music, the acting, the promotion, and he bring all these parts together to make a winning film.

I went to cinema Sunday and it was full! Not an empty seat. Two weeks ago I went to "Contract" and 5 people were in the cinema.

Any Portuguese man and woman should support our local films but we are always so rude, so nasty about our own films. We a country of just 10 millions and America has 250 millions and billions of dollars to the industry. We have so little money, our films mostly look amateur because the budget is so small, and here for the first time is a film that looks and feels more like a big budget Hollywood film, the movie is beautiful and the direction amazing, and people are still complaining.

I say bravo! bravo! bravo! - see this film!

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