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The Forest of the Lost Souls (2017)

A Floresta das Almas Perdidas (original title)
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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
4 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Daniela Love Daniela Love ... Carolina
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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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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A fantastic, horrific, slow burn drama that delivers

If you are looking for a fast paced gore fest...don't watch this one. Just move along. Nothing for you to see here. :::grin::: This film takes it's time to tell a story and gives you visually stunning images to go along with it's deep, philosophical discussions as things build and build.

This is the first feature film for writer/director José Pedro Lopes and it's a fantastic effort bringing in three awards to date from the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival, Fant, Bilbao Fantasy Film Festival, and Triple Six Horror Film Festival and the awards are well deserved.

It tells it's story and lets you figure things out. And, it gives you everything you need to do so.

As I said, the film is shot beautifully. The black and white is perfect for the subject matter. It plays off like a modern day Bergman film - moody and dark and full of things lurking in the corners. There's a richness to the visuals that I found to be very pleasing. The cinematography was stunning.

The film is a foreign language film...unless you're from Portugal, of course. However, the film isn't heavy on dialogue, so those who fear subtitles need not be too scared. It's a drama with horrific moments that hits every point it makes an effort to hit. The acting is fantastic and all the characters seem real and well rounded.

I highly recommend this...I'm going to say it again... "thinking person's horror film". I believe film lovers, horror lovers, and mystery lovers will enjoy this immensely. Well worth a viddy!


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Official Sites:

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Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

12 October 2017 (Portugal) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Caramulo, Portugal See more »

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$1,502
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