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A Floresta das Almas Perdidas (2017)

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The Forest of the Lost Souls is a dense and remote forest, Portugal's most popular place for suicide. On a summer morning, two strangers meet within the woods.

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José Pedro Lopes
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Daniela Love Daniela Love ... Carolina
Jorge Mota Jorge Mota ... Ricardo
Mafalda Banquart Mafalda Banquart ... Filipa
Lígia Roque Lígia Roque ... Joana
Lília Lopes ... Irene
Tiago Jácome Tiago Jácome ... Tiago
Débora Ribeiro Débora Ribeiro ... Jornalista
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Two strangers meet in a forest notorious for suicides and decide to learn more about each other. Soon it becomes clear that one of them is there for a much more disturbing reason, and is actually a psychotic killer there to prey upon others and end their sorrow for them. Written by Wild Eye Releasing

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The saddest place in the world. And she is happy to be there. See more »


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Anexo 82 [Portugal] | Official site | See more »

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

12 October 2017 (Portugal) See more »

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The Forest of Lost Souls See more »

Filming Locations:

Caramulo, Portugal See more »

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16:9 HD
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The forest where the characters are isn't geographically correct: they are most of the time at Caramulo (central Portugal) but at one point they are in a lake in Spain. See more »

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Featured in O lugar que ocupas (2016) See more »

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Performed by CBMC
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My Review Of "The Forest Of The Lost Souls"
1 August 2018 | by ASouthernHorrorFanSee all my reviews

The film's premise focuses on the dark nature of people who contemplate and act upon thoughta of suicide. Lopes explores these "lost souls" in a well-paced, arthouse style. Shown in black-n-white "The Forest Of The Lost Souls" places the macabre nature of his subject material upfront, while maintaining a sensitive heartfelt approach. The film never meanders into exploitative ground.

The film isn't a thriller in the mainstream sense. There is no shock or gore and the pace never really hits the high octave levels of horror, but Lopes' film never intended to be that kind of movie. Instead it is a chilling, slow-burn character study which develops into a psychological overture of sorts. The dialog is minimal but when present, very substantial and compelling. The cast bring these characters to life and worthy of investment. And the twist that happens midway through is brilliant.

Overall "The Forest Of The Souls" is a well thought out slice of expressiveness. Created solely from the point of view of arthouse, the film is intended for a select audience. Mainstream, non-adventurous, horror fans will not enjoy this one. For the rest, especially those who are into exploring different storytelling mediums, this is a masterfully, dark and captivating slice of macabre.


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