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Traffic

Traffic

A Feature film by João Botelho

Produced by Madragoa Filmes

Release in France : 10/03/1999

    Synopsis

    Due to financial difficulties, a modest, cautious Portuguese familiy has to take its vacation during the low season. Then luck strikes: on the deserted beach, Jesus (the couple's son) finds a buried, forbidden treasure, which means earthly riches. That same day, not far away, two priests decide to close their church for lack of worshipers, auctioning off the pictures of their dear saints. Given heavenly riches a mind for material things, they set off in search of adventure - and find it.

    Actors (7)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Madragoa Filmes

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Gemini Films

    Co-production :

    Gemini Films

    French distribution :

    Gemini Films

    TV Broadcasts: Cumulative total

    TV broadcasts: details by country

    Subject

    "Meanwhile, João Botelho massacres appearances and social conventions with a festive air, far removed from all those clichés about Portuguese melancholy. On the ever-efficient principle of 'stringing them along' à la Clair, Tati and Iosseliani, Botelho adapts his savage Bunuelism to our tacky times—his film drips with flashy colors and frivolous aspirations. He adds spleen to 'Trafico' by putting corrupt priests together with rotten politicians, classy call girls with petty bourgeois social climbers, and stage performers (sporting grant-aided facelifts) with panhandling readers of 19th-century moral tales. But since Botelho is a subtle film-maker rather than a heavy-handed sociologist, the subversive discourse is contained and conveyed in his work on the surface image. Botelho expresses the artful censure of someone describing a Golden Age devoid of 'amour fou.'"

    (Frédéric Bonnaud, in "Les Inrockuptibles," September 1998)

    Full credits (10)

    Executive Producer :

    Paulo Branco

    Co-producer :

    Paulo Branco

    Sound Recordist :

    Philippe Morel

    Editor :

    Rodolfo Wedeles

    Music Composer :

    Mussorgskij

    Adapter/dialogue writer :

    João Botelho

    Director of Photography :

    Olivier Gueneau

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Bruno Barde

    Production Designer :

    Fernanda Morais

    Costume designer :

    Silvia Grabowski

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Social comedy

    Production language :

    Portuguese

    Coproducer countries :

    Portugal, France

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    Minority French (Portugal, France)

    Production year :

    1999

    French release :

    10/03/1999

    Runtime :

    1 h 52 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    93.733

    Visa issue date :

    18/02/1999

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    1.85