This movie is about aging Swiss Professor Raimund Gregorius (Jeremy Irons) of classical languages who, after a chance encounter with a Portuguese woman, quits his job and travels to Lisbon in the hope of discovering the fate of a certain author, a doctor and poet who fought against Portuguese Dictator Antonio de Oliveira Salazar.
There are some language issues in the movie that one could take as goofs. But in fact, the movie takes English as a convention. The option to maintain Portuguese where logical would have made it a Portuguese-spoken movie trough the entire flashback, and even some present scenes. So, all of the characters speak English, even if they should speak Portuguese or German. The reference to their actual language is made trough their accents. That's why most of the actors playing Portuguese, even Brits, speak English with an effort to have the typical Portuguese accent. See more »
Young Estefania has a dark scar on her upper left cheek near her eye; no attempt to reproduce this scar appears on Estefania once she is older. See more »
We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place. We stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there. We travel to ourselves when we go to a place. Now we have covered the stretch of our lives, no matter how brief it may have been.
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Nunca & Tarde
Composer: Annette Focks
Lyrics & Vocal: Maria Carvalho
Portugese Guitar: David Pircher
Guitar: António de Brito, Cello: Benjamin Walbrodt
Sound Mixer: Tim Tautorat
Recording & Mix Strudio: Emil Berlin Studios See more »
I just saw it this evening in Rome-- Well done--and although I was not familiar with the book--I will read it now.
The style of "movie within a movie" reminds one of Fowles "the French Lieutenants Wife" and Truffaut "Day for night" but MUCH better done than both of those.
Wonderful story of the randomness of life---and how that random event allowed three close friends during the dictatorship in Portugal to finally discover what had happened to each other. It took a stranger to complete --and resolve--the major event of their lives.
Jeremy Iron was as usual terrific---and reminded me of his role in House of the Spirits--in a similar political setting of the fascist times in Chile.
Deeply intense, dramatically fulfilling--it kept me on the edge of my seat.
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