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La Racine du cœur

La Racine du cœur

A Feature film by Paulo Rocha

Release in France : 18/10/2000


    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.

    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

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    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