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José e Pilar (2010)

A documentary on Nobel Prize Winner José Saramago and his feelings over his wife, his country and life, as a whole.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Joao Afonso Joao Afonso ... Himself
Àngels Barceló Àngels Barceló ... Herself (voice)
Pilar del Río ... Herself
Juan Echanove ... Himself
Gael García Bernal ... Himself
Gabriel García Márquez ... Himself
Tarja Halonen Tarja Halonen ... Herself
Paco Ibáñez Paco Ibáñez ... Himself
Tomás Eloy Martínez Tomás Eloy Martínez ... Himself
Fernando Meirelles ... Himself
César Antonio Molina César Antonio Molina ... Himself
María Pagés María Pagés ... Herself
Luis Pastor Luis Pastor ... Himself
Miguel Ríos Miguel Ríos ... Himself
José Saramago ... Himself
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"José and Pilar," a documentary by Miguel Gonçalves Mendes, is a deeply moving story about love, loss and literature. It follows the days of José Saramago, the Nobel-laureate Portuguese novelist, and his wife, Pilar del Rio. The film shows their whirlwind life of international travel, his passion for completing his masterpiece, "The Elephant's Journey" and how their love quietly sustains them throughout. "Jose and Pilar" reveals the hidden Saramago, unravels any preconceived notions about him, and proves that genius and simplicity are indeed compatible. It is a funny and touching portrait on the endurance of the artistic spirit. A glimpse into the life of one of the greatest creators of the 20th century, it shows us that, as Saramago says, "There is always another way to say everything." Written by Anonymous

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Portugal | Spain | Brazil

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Spanish | Portuguese

Release Date:

April 2012 (USA) See more »

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JumpCut,El Deseo,O2 Filmes See more »
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Stereo

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Portugal's official submission to the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 84th Academy Awards 2012. See more »

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José Saramago: Chaos is an order to decipher.
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Alternate Versions

The US version was shortened a few minutes. See more »

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A viagem do elefante
Written by David Santos
Performed by Noiserv
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A Beautiful Love Story
25 September 2011 | by pimentel-marSee all my reviews

José Saramago's figure was outstanding. One had to read his books till the end. But, most fascinating was his relationship with a more outstanding woman, Pilar del Rio. This tender documentary really shows us the ties that put them together along the years. A love story that outfits time and space. A real thing. The director shows us the daily routine of José and Pilar and the tenderness of gestures, beyond words. One understands very well what they felt for each other from the day they first met till the death of Saramago and the desire of Pilar to fulfill a true wish: to have his ashes divided in Lanzarote and Portugal, the founding of a Foundation in Lisboa, and the visits to his birthplace Azinheira do Ribatejo.


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