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A Feature film by João Botelho

Release in France : 10/03/1999


    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 (11)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Co-production :

    Gemini Films

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Gemini Films

    Foreign production companies :

    Madragoa Filmes, Zentropa Entertainment

    French distribution :

    Gemini Films

    TV Broadcasts: Cumulative total

    TV broadcasts: details by country


    "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

    Sound Recordist :

    Philippe Morel

    Director of Photography :

    Olivier Gueneau

    Editor :

    Rodolfo Wedeles

    Costume designer :

    Silvia Grabowski

    Adaptation :

    João Botelho

    Co-producer :

    Paulo Branco

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Bruno Barde

    Production Designer :

    Fernanda Morais

    Sound Mixer :

    Gérard Rousseau

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Social comedy

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    Coproducer countries :

    Portugal, France, Denmark

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    Nationality :

    Minority French (Portugal, France, Denmark)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 52 min

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    Posters (2)