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Come and go

Come and go

A Feature film by João César Monteiro

Release in France : 18/06/2003


    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.

    Actors (9)

    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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    Full credits (10)

    Executive Producer :

    Paulo Branco

    Screenwriter :

    João César Monteiro

    Sound Assistant :

    Nicolas Cantin

    Editors :

    Renata Sancho, João Nicolau

    Costume designers :

    Isabel Branco, Lucha d'Orey

    Sound Recordist :

    Jean-Claude Laureux

    Director of Photography :

    Mário Barroso

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Bruno Barde

    Production Designer :

    José Manuel Castanheira

    Sound Mixer :

    Daniel Sobrino

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    Feature film

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    Coproducer countries :

    Portugal, France (100.0%)

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    Minority French (Portugal, France)

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    Runtime :

    2 h 59 min

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    Audio format :

    Dolby SRD

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