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Blood of My Blood (2011)

Sangue do Meu Sangue (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 5 October 2011 (Portugal)
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A regular family living in the outskirts of Lisbon sees the serenity of their lives shaken beyond any remedy within a week.


João Canijo


João Canijo
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rafael Morais ... Joca
Rita Blanco ... Márcia
Anabela Moreira ... Ivete / Márcia's sister
Cleia Almeida ... Cláudia / Márcia's daughter
Marcello Urgeghe Marcello Urgeghe ... Dr. Alberto(Beto) / Cláudia's lover
Nuno Lopes ... Telmo Sobral
Fernando Luís ... Hélder(Nini) / Márcia's husband to-be
Beatriz Batarda ... Maria / Dr. Alberto's wife
Teresa Madruga ... D. Judite
Francisco Tavares Francisco Tavares ... César / Cláudia's fiance
Teresa Tavares ... Sandra / Ivete's friend
Wilma de Brito Wilma de Brito ... Érica / Joca's girlfriend
Neuza Neuza ... Viviane
Joana Sapinho Joana Sapinho ... Elsa
Dmitry Bogomolov Dmitry Bogomolov ... Vanechka
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The realities of life are harsh in Padre Cruz, a slum on the edge of Lisbon, and its inhabitants struggle with violence and poverty. The life in a decrepit Portuguese suburb through the story of a family attempting to transcend its hardships. Middle aged Márcia (Rita Blanco) works as cook in Helder's restaurant, who plans to marry with. She shares cramped quarters with her two young-adult children and her sister Ivete. Her daughter Cláudia shows promise in her nursing studies, but her son Joca is a delinquent with a suspicious supply of cash. Her hopes for her daughter's future are thrown into turmoil, however, when Cláudia announces she's having a relationship with a married professor, an admission that brings out the specter of Márcia's own past. Márcia is determined to bring the affair to an end, even if it means compromising her cherished relationship with Cláudia. In her late thirties and yearning for companionship, Ivete loves her family and has a soft spot for her nephew Joca, ... Written by Diana Sanchez

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A great human thriller
15 October 2012 | by ncunha42See all my reviews

I hope the members of the Academy see Blood of My Blood and nominate the film for Best Foreign Language Film. It is a Cassavetes/Scorsese/Tarantino kind of thriller, that will dry your goats. It's a thriller made of human dramas, rather than suspense or action, with great acting and a modern way of filming. Director Joao Canijo made use of surround sound and camera angles in order to have a complete view of two sequences/discussions at the same time, making ich view more defying.

Besides, Portugal never got a nomination from the Academy, and in the current crisis, no film is being produced or will be if we don't get this recognition. Nominating it will be a statement for Portugal to continue to have an industry.

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Release Date:

5 October 2011 (Portugal) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Lisbon, Portugal

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Midas Filmes See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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