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O Fantasma (2000)

Unrated | | Drama | 20 October 2000 (Portugal)
Young and handsome Sergio works the night shift as a trash collector in Lisbon, Portugal. He can't force himself to connect with his pretty female co-worker Fatima, who displays an avid ... See full summary »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ricardo Meneses ...
Beatriz Torcato ...
Fátima
Andre Barbosa ...
João (as André Barbosa)
Eurico Vieira ...
Virgilio
Jorge Almeida ...
Police 1
Salomão ...
Man with Doberman
Joaquim Oliveira ...
Mário
Florindo Lourenço ...
Rodrigo Garin ...
Young man in bathroom
Luis Zorro ...
Young man in Sergio's room (as Luís Zorro)
Maria Paola Porru ...
João's Mother
João Rui Guerra da Mata ...
Police 2 (as Guerra da Mata)
Lorde ...
Lorde
Swing ...
Doberman
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Young and handsome Sergio works the night shift as a trash collector in Lisbon, Portugal. He can't force himself to connect with his pretty female co-worker Fatima, who displays an avid interest in him, so instead Sergio roams the city with the trash company's pet dog. Eventually Sergio becomes fascinated with a sleek motorcycle, and then also its owner, João - a young man totally indifferent to Sergio. The frustrated trash collector's surfacing sexual desires unleash his darkest impulses, sending him down a dangerous path of violence, depravity and degradation. Written by mikhail080@cs.com

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No one can live without love!

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$10,434 (USA) (27 November 2002)

Gross:

$125,651 (USA) (9 November 2003)
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First feature film directed by João Pedro Rodrigues. See more »

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A provocative and disturbing work of art.
5 October 2004 | by (New York city) – See all my reviews

I've seen this film twice--once at the cinema and about a year later, on DVD. I too wondered if something had been cut from the film--there is an abrupt transition about three-quarters of the way through that is jarring. As a psychologist, I see this as a work of art that functions, like a dream, to take the viewer into the inner self of the protagonist as well into one's own inner self. While a dream can change scenes abruptly and without logical transitions, the logical mind is still at work as we watch a film, and an illogical or unexplained transtion can actually be distracting, as I found it to be in this film. One further question--or criticism about the editing or story line--the film opens with its climactic scene at the very beginning, involving Sergio, the protagonist, and the object of his obsessive desire. It is extremely erotic and disturbing and putting it right at the beginning--it is never returned to--leaves one with a sense of incompleteness at the end of the film. That said, I found the film to be extraordinarily truthful psychologically, just as our deepest fantasies are truthful--its explicitness was entirely appropriate and not pornographic. The essence of pornography is denial of feeling, but the film is saturated with feeling. The extraordinary beauty of the lead actor will evoke in the viewer either empathy or desire or both--and one admires his willingness to play his role with all stops out and with utter dedication.

Definitely worth seeing.


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