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.
Portugal's submission to the Foreign Language Film Award of the 90th Annual Academy Awards. See more »
This could have easily been a crime film but it is not.
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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