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Actors: Nelson Xavier, Maria Ceiça, Chico Diaz, Zezé Motta, Vya Negromonte
Director: Francisco Manso
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
NR     2001     1hr 57min

Cape Verde?s wealthiest citizen dies and leaves all his possessions to the illegitimate daughter no one knew he had. As part of her inheritance, the young woman receives a series of audio cassettes which reveal the father ...  more »


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Actors: Nelson Xavier, Maria Ceiça, Chico Diaz, Zezé Motta, Vya Negromonte
Director: Francisco Manso
Creators: Edgar Moura, Francisco Manso, António Gonçalo, Jom Tob Azulay, José Luís Vasconcelos, Germano de Almeida, Mário Prata
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Studio: Fox Lorber
Format: DVD - Color - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 06/12/2001
Original Release Date: 01/01/1998
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1998
Release Year: 2001
Run Time: 1hr 57min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: Portuguese
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Beautiful and human
webdak-com | Long Island (NY), USA | 04/10/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This movie has more than its beautiful scenery - the Cape Verdan islands. Featuring a great acting cast and a 3-minute performance of world music star Cesaria Evora, the film tells the story of a local business man who disinherits his nephew and leaves his money and estate to his daughter, he never officially recognized. His life story is told by himself on tapes he left her and through her questions to everybody, he knew. It is a romantic story, describing the main character with gentle humour. The few (discrete)love scenes remotely reminded me of some french movies.
The slow pace of the film is common to outstanding European and African directors - yes African (Cape Verde is close to Senegal) - think of Ousmane Sembene and Wim Wenders, add a few humorous touches and enjoy the human side of cinema. 8 out of 10!"
webdak-com | 12/29/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The film captured so much of the culture portraying reality with intrigue inherent in the character's story. Interesting, capitvating, exploratory."