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Nuno is a man working at a hot dog stand, who also invented a machine which promises to revolutionize the shoe industry- a foot scanner. In the middle of a gasoline embargo and finding ... See full summary »


António Ferreira


José Saramago (novel), Tiago Sousa | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »



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Credited cast:
Filipe Costa ... Nuno
Cláudia Carvalho ... Margarida
Pedro Diogo ... Sérgio
José Raposo ... Patrão
Fernando Taborda ... Sr. Alves
Laura Matos Laura Matos ... Sara
João Caetano João Caetano ... Miúdo 1
Eloy Monteiro Eloy Monteiro ... Dr. Vitor
Nuno Ávila Nuno Ávila ... Secretário
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alberto Calçarão Alberto Calçarão ... Cliente roulotte 1
José Adelino Carvalho José Adelino Carvalho ... Homem do regador
Nuno Carvalho Nuno Carvalho ... Gasolineiro
Sílvio Carvalho Sílvio Carvalho ... Dono da Roulotte
João Castro Gomes João Castro Gomes ... Condutor Carrinha
Cunha Ferreira Cunha Ferreira ... Engº


Nuno is a man working at a hot dog stand, who also invented a machine which promises to revolutionize the shoe industry- a foot scanner. In the middle of a gasoline embargo and finding himself in a strange predicament, Nuno becomes mysteriously confined to his car, finding his life suddenly embargoed. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

30 September 2010 (Portugal) See more »

Filming Locations:

Coimbra, Portugal


Box Office


€300,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Un-magical Realism
15 January 2012 | by abboudeusSee all my reviews

As a great fan of Jose Saramago's magical realism I was expecting much more from this film. I haven't had the chance to read Embargo due to its elusiveness but it would be interesting to see how the story varies between both mediums.

The notion of the story sounds interesting but the breakdown was not so inviting to give it my full attention. Magical realism loses its touch here as the catalyst proves to be more weak and highly improbable than magical. Moreover, what makes it unbearable is the character's approach to his dilemma in how he fails to explain himself and his mishap while expecting others to simply understand or just cut him some slack.

The implausibility of the twist mixed with the incoherent and unfinished dialogues lend a burdensome feeling to the movie, making it more unappealing to watch as the dialogues continue to make no sense and the character carries on making more of a fool of himself than justifying his situation.

An interesting story line weakly followed through yet worth checking out.

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