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Florbela (2012)

Shaken by a divorce in the 1920s, Portuguese poetess Florbela Espanca uses her writing to deal with her tumultuous relationship with men, eroticism and love.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dalila Carmo ... Florbela Espanca
Ivo Canelas ... Apeles Espanca
Albano Jerónimo ... Mário Lage
José Neves José Neves ... António
António Fonseca António Fonseca ... João Espanca
Carmen Santos Carmen Santos ... Henriqueta
Maria Ana Filipe Maria Ana Filipe ... Adelaide
Beatriz Leonardo Beatriz Leonardo ... Young Florbela
Marques D'Arede Marques D'Arede ... Mr. Lage
Anabela Teixeira ... Júlia Alves
Rita Loureiro ... Sophia de Arriaga
Miguel Ferreira Miguel Ferreira ... Médico
Juliete A. Santos Juliete A. Santos ... Nursing Home Director
Nuno Miranda Nuno Miranda ... Aviation Officer
Ana Sofia Campos Ana Sofia Campos ... Housemaid
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Tainted by a number of divorces in the 1920's, Portuguese poet Florbela Espanca resorts to her writing, filled with eroticism and femininity, to cope with her tumultuous relationship's. Written by Filipe Manuel Neto

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Biography | Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Official site [Portugal]

Country:

Portugal

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

8 March 2012 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

A Flor Mais Bela See more »

Filming Locations:

Lisbon, Portugal See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

€22,099 (Portugal), 11 March 2012, Limited Release
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The premieres that took place in the two main shooting locations (Lisbon and Vila Viçosa, Portugal) were completely sold out. In Vila Viçosa, Florbela Espanca's home town, it was necessary to have 6 screenings due to the large turnout of spectators. See more »

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Bearable, but far from being a good movie.
12 June 2017 | by filipemanuelnetoSee all my reviews

By rule, I don't like contemporary Portuguese cinema. I am a patriot, but I recognize the weaknesses of my country and this is one of them. Usually, today Portuguese cinema oscillates between the exacerbated elitism of author/experimental films, which require a PhD in Philosophy or Sociology to be understandable, and the unbearable mix of sex and profanity provided by popular/commercial films. People always laugh when a character gives us a lot of profanity in an allegedly comic scene, but such "comedies" have never been to my liking. For all this, it was with a mixture of interest and precaution that I decided to watch this film, directed by Vicente Alves do Ó. And it was with a sigh of relief that, in the end, I concluded that it was bearable, not brilliant nor properly mediocre.

This biographical film seeks to tell the life of the famous Portuguese poet Florbela Espanca, one of the most notable names in Portuguese literature of the first half of the 20th century. Focusing essentially on the poet's connection to her late husband and her brother, Apeles Espanca, the film portrays Florbela as a young woman who has never been able to fit into what society expected of her. The film is able to show well the connection between the two brothers and the way she is devastated by his tragic death. Its also evident the rebellious and somewhat discontented spirit that moves her, and which seems to turn all her marriages into an invariable succession of failures. However, the film seems to ignore one of her biggest problems: depression and neurotic crisis, which accounts for much of her emotional instability. Another problem I noticed was the implicit criticism of the country's delay and pacing, compared to the cosmopolitan and vicious capital, Lisbon, a city that has always lived at the expense of the country of which its capital. But the worst part of the film is to see the poetess having sex with a stranger on a corner, as if she were a slut, in the most pitiful and deplorable scene. To confuse freedom with lust and levity is a mistake, its to tarnish the memory of this poetess. Honestly, will it be so difficult to make a Portuguese film today without unfortunate sex scenes, thought not for the beauty of the film, but to increase the potential interest of the audience who buys the ticket?


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