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Fado, Major and Minor

A Feature film by Raoul Ruiz

Produced by Gemini Films

Release in France : 29/03/1995


    Pierre, a middle-aged tourist guide, collapses suddenly. He has no idea where he is. He returns home and finds Antoine, a mysterious young man whom he doesn't know, waiting for him to exact revenge a woman whom he apparently loved who has hung herself. What exactly is Pierre's degree of responsability in this matter ? In a night-club where they go together, Pierre meets Ninon who, according to Antoine, dances like the woman who committed suicide. Suddenly, he remembers an elegant and very beautiful woman whom he met when travelling about the country to sell the Encyclopaedia Briannica. He remembers that he desired her. This woman, during their conversation, made a confession to him : she was passionately in love with a young man aged 11, her husband's son...

    Actors (11)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Gemini Films

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    The Bureau Sales

    Foreign production company :

    Madragoa Filmes

    French distribution :

    Amorces Diffusion


    "Surprising and incongruous (...) Fado, majeur et mineur is a comical film. Its humour springs from various sources. Indeed, the unexpected can often unleash laughter, since the plotline unfolds like a sort of cinematic game in which Ruiz regularly surprises the audience with unforeseen twists, presented with logical self-evidence. (...) The whole thing is carried off by a cast and a direction of actors that only serves to intensify the situation comedy. Fado, majeur et mineur confirms that Ruiz remains one of today's few representatives of a genuinely surrealistic cinema."
    (Jean-François Rauger - "Le Monde")

    Full credits (9)

    Executive Producer :

    Paulo Branco

    Screenwriter :

    Raoul Ruiz

    Production managers :

    Élisabeth Bocquet, Joao Pedro Bénard

    Assistant Editor :

    Georges-Henri Mauchant

    Costume designer :

    Sofia Orey (D')

    Sound recordist :

    Gita Cerveira

    Director of Photography :

    Jean-Yves Coic

    Editor :

    Denise de Casabianca

    Production Designer :

    Georges Calvé

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Coproducer countries :

    Portugal, France

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    Majority French (Portugal, France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 50 min

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    Color and Black & White

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