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Saint George (2016)

São Jorge (original title)
An unemployed boxer turned collection agency employee deals with the deplorable methods they have to use when collecting bad debts.

Director:

Marco Martins

Writers:

Ricardo Adolfo (screenwriter), Marco Martins (screenwriter)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nuno Lopes ... Jorge
Mariana Nunes ... Susana
David Semedo David Semedo ... Nelson
José Raposo ... Vitinho
Jean-Pierre Martins ... Albano
Ricardo Fernandes Ricardo Fernandes ... Mauro
Rodrigo Almeida Rodrigo Almeida ... Valter
Paulo Batata Paulo Batata ... Batata
Fátima Inocêncio Fátima Inocêncio ... Fátima
Paulo Afonso Paulo Afonso ... Paulo
Ana Gonçalves Ana Gonçalves ... Ana
Salvador Santos Salvador Santos ... Salvador
Beatriz Batarda ... Teresa
Paulo Seco Paulo Seco ... Paulo
Gonçalo Waddington ... Chef Cardoso
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Storyline

In 2011 Portugal began the so-called "year of the Troika" (EU, IMF and ECB budget cuts and economic restructuring), with the level of debt among the Portuguese people reaching staggering amounts and a growing number of families and companies unable to repay their installment loans. Jorge is an unemployed boxer on the verge of losing his son and his wife, who has decided to return to Brazil. As a means of paying off his debt and persuading his wife to remain in Portugal, Jorge accepts a job with a debt-collection agency, which will drag him into a world of violence and crime.

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Crime | Drama

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Portugal's submission to the Foreign Language Film Award of the 90th Annual Academy Awards. See more »

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This could have easily been a crime film but it is not.
20 May 2017 | by searchanddestroy-1See all my reviews

So shame, this film from Portugual is a social and realistic feature, but unfortunately a pure drama and not a crime film, as we could expect when we see the main male characters, played by actors who look like hoodlums. Only firearms miss here. This could have been a masterpiece of film noir, but it remains only a social drama depicting the social collapse that stroke the country in 2011, when millions of people were in total bankrupt and became the victims of loan sharks. Ruthless men who received the authorization of the government, to use the most disgusting methods to pressure poor people like lemons. The main character is outstanding as a lost soul trying to make it. Although this is a cliché, it is very well done anyway.


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Country:

Portugal | France

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

9 March 2017 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Saint George See more »

Filming Locations:

Lisbon, Portugal

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$256,281
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1.85 : 1
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