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Spanish and Portuguese Language Feature Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): Portuguese Titles

Portuguese Titles


"Clara, a vibrant former music critic, avid swimmer, grandmother, cancer survivor, willing lover and widow with flowing tresses, is the only remaining apartment owner in a gracious older building targeted for demolition by ruthless luxury high-rise developers. As the builders tactics to remove Clara become increasingly hostile, Clara proves to be a force to be reckoned with."

Capitães de abril = April Captains
"In Portugal on April 24, 1974 the words of poet Jose Alfonso in the banned song 'Grandola' sparked a revolution when the song was broadcast over the radio over and over again as a signal for a military coup against the oldest dictatorship in Europe."

A casa de Alice
"A middle-aged woman has a chance meeting with an old boyfriend, which causes her to re-examine her life."

Cavalo dinheiro = Horse Money
"The time is now, a numbing and timeless present of hospital stays, bureaucratic questioning, and wandering through remembered spaces, and suddenly it is also then, the mid '70s and the time of Portugal's Carnation Revolution, when Ventura got into a knife fight with his friend Joaquim."

Colossal Youth
"...focuses on Ventura, an elderly immigrant from Cape Verde living in Lisbon."

Como era gostoso o meu francês = How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman
"The black comedy tells the story of a French adventurer who tries in vain to be accepted by a tribe of cannibals who has captured him. Th tribe give him food, his own hut, and even a wife. The Frenchman strives to learn the ways of the tribe, hoping to figure out how to avoid his prescribed fate of being the main course of a ceremonial tribal dinner."

The Consul of Bordeaux
"A prominent conductor tells a young journalist how he was saved during the Holocaust by Portuguese diplomat Aristides de Sousa Mendez; who also saved many other Jews fleeing France during the Nazi occupation."

Eccentricities of a Blonde-haired Girl
"A young accountant falls helplessly in love with a mysterious blond woman he spies through his office window, and she proceeds to turn his life upside down."

Elvis & Madonna
"Lesbian photographer Elvis is hired to deliver pizzas at night on her motorcycle. Her first delivery is to a transvestite hairdresser Lady Madonna. But when Elvis arrives she discovers that her client has been beaten up and robbed by her lover Joao Tripe. Elvis befriends Madonna and photographs her performances at the nightclub. They fall in love and move in together. But Elvis' decision to sell incriminating photos of Joao may come back to haunt her and Madonna as he promises revenge."

Era uma vez eu, Verônica
"Veronica is fresh out of medical school. It's a crucial time in her life, a period filled with doubts and important decisions to be made: tough career choices, her intimate bond with her ailing father, and her active but chaotic love life. Veronica must deal with all of them as she tries to cope with the adult life that lies ahead."

Found Memories
"Like every morning, Madalena makes bread for Antonio's old coffee shop. Like every day, she crosses the railways where no trains have passed for years; she cleans up the gate of the locked cemetery, and listens to the priest's sermon before sharing lunch with the other old villagers. Clinging to the image of her dead husband and living in her memories, Madalena is awakened by the arrival of Rita, a young photographer who is arriving in the ghost village of Jotuomba, where time seems to have stopped. A deep relationship is forged between the two women, which gradually builds to have a profound effect on both of their lives, as well as the rest of the villagers. "  - Container

Morrer como um homem
"Tonia is a larger-than-life drag icon of Lisbon's night life in the late 1980s. At the peak of her career, she meets and falls in love with Rosario, a young soldier who's gone AWOL. Under pressure from Rosario, Tonia begins a series of operations to become a woman, but the final step proves much harder than she could have guessed. Tonia looks for distraction in a trip to the countryside with Rosario, where they become lost and find themselves in an enchanted forest." 

O fantasma
"A cautionary tale about a marginalized young man, a trash collector living and working in the seedy north of Lisbon, exploring his sexuality. Rodrigues and Meneses, in a rigorous, risky portrayal, chart the young man's odyssey, with its potential for self-discovery as well as self-obliteration, with psychological insight and visual power."

Orfeu negro = Black Orpheus
"Against a background of the Rio carnival, a black tram driver accidentally kills his girlfriend, and after seeking her in the nether regions kills himself to be with her." - Halliwell's Film and Vdeo Guide, 5th ed.

"...after a suicidal teenage girl gives birth, she misguidedly entrusts her baby's safety to the troubled, deadbeat father."

Pixote: A lei do mais fraco
"Ten-year-old Pixote (Portuguese slang for 'Peewee') is one of three million homeless children in Brazil. Hauled off to a crowded detention center, wide-eyed Pixote witnesses rapes, beatings and other acts of random violence by both the guards and the inmates. With the transvestite Lilica and his lover Dito, Pixote escapes from the reform school where he and his friends hit the streets alone, embarking on a life of violence and crime."

Vanda's Room
" centered around the heroin-addicted Vanda Duarte."

The Year My Parents Went on Vacation
"Mauro is a 12-year-old boy, who is left to fend for himself when his parents 'go on vacation' during the Communist regime in 1970's Brazil. The culturally diverse community of São Paulo unites to watch Péle lead his country in winning the World Cup of soccer."