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Yvette Vieira

Yvette Vieira

Sunday, 27 March 2011 00:00

The Lisbon Mysteries

A film by Raul Ruiz based on the feuilleton by Camilo Castelo Branco, a portrait of the portuguese nineteenth century.

Our story begins with the young Pedro da Silva, he has no father and no mother,  throughout the film his life will reveal. the closely guarded secret of his existence, he’s the fruit of a forbidden passion. The wonderful plot of the romantic novelist Camilo Castelo Branco, unlike many adaptations to the big screen, is not neutered in the film's director, Raul Ruiz. As like all great novels it tales the story of a forbidden love and cursed, sealed with blood sweat and tears.  However, the film has something very personal, the inner look of the chilean director who guides us through a country dominated by social conventions and the Catholic Church.
This is not a historical film. The whole maelstrom of emotion, passion and love,  hate and death, of adventure and misadventure, are universal and inherent to human beings. Who has not dared to love? Who did not suffer for love?

Much of his movies is due to the wonderful work of actors in "Mysteries of Lisbon" therefore is  not a film to miss. The city is also the protagonist of Raul Ruiz scenic work, we see images of an architectural concept of Lisbon dominated by the Marquis of Pombal. There was also a careful characterization of the characters that are part of the plot of this movie.
The work of the actress Maria Joao Bastos is praised. She is Angela Lima, one of the key characters in this Portuguese movie, who lives a forbidden passion that generates a child. Adrianao Luz as Father Adriano Diniz does a remarkable job, there’s a dept in the this parish priest, this is character full of mystery and intimidating with his black gown. Have a nice time.


Monday, 21 March 2011 00:00

Life in a a day

A film by Rachel Freire with  Coimbra's academia as the background, their charms and disappointments.

Once said the song, Coimbra  has more charms in the hour of parting with this ritual and the end of the course that begins the story of Edgar who has just arrived in town and begins to unravel the rules governing students and the academy. Coimbra is one of the characters like herself says: I'm not just a city. I am a greenhouse. A nature reserve for students where they live in freedom. I'm sort of sweet, between adolescence and adulthood. But only for those who could study. Best. They know they are an elite. One January morning a man arrived. Fell in love with me and for my women. Fool, did not realize that I am not for anyone, but if you can, and that love will not open my old doors.
For those unfamiliar with the academic world, I can clarify that there are rules to enter, be in and out. And it is this essence of the movie, the laws implied a way of life for some strange, elitist to others, analyzed from the perspective of Edgar, who is on the outside. Not the doctor or engineer and during his "education" falls in love and out of love to the point of having a repulsive reaction to this world  being shown to him by three women in their completely different way of living and live the academy. In between is a crime that will not unravel, must see. Patience.
This feature film that I found interesting is the photography because the images are of great aesthetic beauty. We recognize all romantic places, the dark alleys and the shadows of the students gowns  through the city. Sound is one of the most incomprehensible part of the film, is always a tone lower than usual, I do not understand! Someone has to explain this mysterious phenomenon that strikes many of Portuguese films.

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