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Come and go

Come and go

A Feature film by Joao Cesar Monteiro

Release in France : 18/06/2003

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Production and distribution (4)

Co-productions :

Gemini Films, Arte France Cinéma

Film exports/foreign sales :

Gemini Films

Foreign production companies :

Madragoa Filmes, RTP - Radiotelevisao Portuguesa

French distribution :

Gemini Films

International releases (7)

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Joao Vuvu, a widower, has an only son who is in prison for a double homicide and a bank holdup. He lives alone in his spacious, sunlit house perched atop Monte Olivete in Lisbon’s historical quarter. It’s clear that Joao possesses a considerable fortune. An unsociable man, he takes bus #100 for his daily promenade, indefatigably repeating the same routine: he goes between the Praça das Flores and the Principe Real gardens and returns to his departure point, that is to say, his house. Only the occasional incident can upset this daily routine which seems to correspond to Joao Vuvu’s desire for isolation and exile and which makes him hostile to any social interaction. Books and records are his only company at home, although he’s beginning to feel the need of a cleaning woman. His demand for high qualifications makes it difficult for him to find anyone. His son’s release from prison and the disappointment engendered by Joao’s desire for an inheritor lead to a series of somber events that reveal Joao’s criminal tendencies. He becomes an outlaw. Their respective differences notwithstanding, the film alludes to two films: “The Fatal Glass of Beer” by W.C. Fields and “Monsieur Verdoux” by Charles Chaplin.

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Full credits (7)

Screenwriter :

Joao Cesar Monteiro

Sound Recordist :

Jean-Claude Laureux

Editors :

Renata Sancho, João Nicolau

Costume designers :

Isabel Branco, Lucha d'Orey

Director of Photography :

Mário Barroso

Press Attaché (film) :

Bruno Barde

Production Designer :

José Manuel Castanheira

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Feature film

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Minority French (Portugal)

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2 h 59 min

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Dolby SRD

Posters (1)


Festival Selections (4)

Rotterdam International Film Festival - 2004

Rotterdam International Film Festival (Netherlands, 2004)


Main Program Section Feature Films

BFI London Film Festival - 2003

BFI London Film Festival (Great Britain, 2003)


Films selected

TIFF - 2003

TIFF (Canada, 2003)



Cannes International Film Festival - 2003

Cannes International Film Festival (France, 2003)


Out of Competition