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The Magic Springs of Gerenia (1983)

Os Abismos da Meia-Noite (original title)
Irene, a agent of an insurance company, is in charge of investigating the disappearance of an old librarian, in a provincial town. In the course of the investigation, she knows Ricardo, a ... See full summary »

Director:

António de Macedo
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1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Rui Mendes Rui Mendes ... Ricardo
Helena Isabel Helena Isabel ... Irene
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Agostinho Alves Agostinho Alves ... Contemplator
António Assunção António Assunção ... Hotel Manager
Eugénia Bettencourt Eugénia Bettencourt ... Adelina
Márcia Breia Márcia Breia ... Museum Employee
Augusto Campos Augusto Campos ... Bailarino
Canto e Castro Canto e Castro ... Office Chief
Amadeu Caronho Amadeu Caronho ... Barman
Virgílio Castelo Virgílio Castelo ... Doctor
Manuel Cavaco Manuel Cavaco ... Clerk
José Eduardo José Eduardo ... Simão
José Carlos Elisário José Carlos Elisário ... Bailarina
Baptista Fernandes Baptista Fernandes ... Magister
Pureza Pinto Leite Pureza Pinto Leite ... Bailarina
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Irene, a agent of an insurance company, is in charge of investigating the disappearance of an old librarian, in a provincial town. In the course of the investigation, she knows Ricardo, a professor of history, who knew the victim and is interested in the legendary traditions of the region. So Irene has the knowledge of the ancient medieval castle - whose secret entrance opens mysteriously on Christmas night during the 12 midnight chimes. Written by João Ferreira

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Country:

Portugal

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

27 January 1984 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

The Magic Springs of Gerenia See more »

Filming Locations:

Lisbon, Portugal See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Cinequanon See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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The magical fountains of Gerenia

Magical movie based on ancient legends and alchemy. Parallel worlds. The power of love. Knowledge, fortune, rebirth into a higher plane. A wonderful fantasy movie that takes Portuguese cinema to rare ends. I do find a few negative points. The script presents a few inconsistencies that I deem quite unnecessary and even moral faults which seem inadequate to me because the film presents a passage to an ideal world. I also don't think the direction is very inspired. I like the scenarios, the ambiance, but I think color and photography could be improved in significant portions of the movie. The presentation of the village is a notable exception. Still, some powerful symbolism, a nice magical tale and an interesting soundtrack composed by the director's son who was just 20 when the film was made and also appears playing piano in the movie bringing Casablanca to mind with the hypnotic repetition of the theme song symbolic of a newfound love.

Worth seeing for fans of fantasy/alchemy/supernatural tales.


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