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La Racine du cœur

La Racine du cœur

A Feature film by Paulo Rocha

Release in France : 18/10/2000

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Actors (7)

Production and distribution (4)

Co-productions :

Arte France Cinéma, Boomerang Productions

Film exports/foreign sales :

Suma Filmes

Foreign production companies :

RTP - Radiotelevisao Portuguesa, Suma Filmes

French distribution :

Boomerang Productions

TV Broadcasts: Cumulative total

TV broadcasts: details by country


High in the Lisbon hills: bonfires, fairs and religious festivals, the year 2000, the economic crisis, upcoming elections. Drunk undercover cops pursue a group of transvestites – “The Wives of Saint-Anthony” – and throw them into the river naked, then set their white gowns alight. Caton, a charismatic, unscrupulous young mayoral candidate and nationalist politician, harasses timid Sylvia with threats and crazy promises but she flees his bed… Beautiful Sylvia is a vaguely mystical transvestite who’s desperately looking for love that’s out of this world.

Full credits (11)

Executive Producers :

Paulo Rocha, Gérard Vaugeois

Screenwriters :

Paulo Rocha, Jeanne Waltz

Sound Recordist :

Nuno Carvalho

Press Attaché (film) :

Thierry Lenouvel

Production Designer :

Eduardo Filipe

Costume designer :

Manuela Bronze

Author of original work :

Paulo Rocha

Director of Photography :

Elso Roque

Production Manager :

Joao Pedro Bénard

Editor :

Edgar Feldman

Music Composer :

Maria-José Branco

Technical details

Feature film

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Coproducer countries :

Portugal, France

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Nationality :

Minority French (Portugal, France)

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Runtime :

1 h 54 min

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Audio format :

Dolby SR