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Foreign Land [DVD] [1999] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Subtitles: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004Y7CZ
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I purchased the film after being hugely impressed by Walter Salles' Central Station and linha de passe. I was not disappointed. Despite being one of Salles' earliest productions, shot in black and white and on a low budget, the film deserves international recognition. Not an overcomplicated film, Salles' again succeeds in focusing on the emotions of his lead characters to make the production work. An interesting perspective on the Brazilian expats in Lisbon with good moments of humour also. A definite buy if you enjoy his other work.
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Sometimes, movies that are not overly well-known and that you happen to watch just by chance give you a good surprise. "Foreign land" (= "Terra estrangeira"), a Brazilian film in black and white directed by Walter Salles and Daniela Thomas, is one of those movies.

The plot is simple: Paco (Fernando Alves Pinto), a young Brazilian man that dreams of becoming an actor, wants to travel to Spain. He has no money, so he ends up smuggling goods for Igor (Luis Melo) in order to pay his ticket to Spain. Strangely enough, Paco will end up in Portugal, where he will meet another Brazilian, an attractive and very troubled woman named Alex (Fernanda Torres). Both are in a foreign land, Portugal, and that is true not only literally (they are in a different country), but metaphorically as well, as they cannot help but feel like outsiders. Unfortunately for Paco, Alex has plans of her own that will put them in danger.

What happens, and why? Well, you will have to watch "Foreign land" :) Suffice it to say that I really like it, and that I was quite impressed by how well it is filmed, and by the almost haunting beauty of some of its scenes. Of course, I also loved the beautiful songs in Portuguese included in the movie, and I think you are likely to like them too. All in all, highly recommended!

Belen Alcat
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Although shot in b/w this film is full of atsmosphere and suspense. One of the earlier films by the now leading, Brazilian Director, Walter Salles (Central Station and Motorcycle Diaries).
Story tells of Paco who tries to finance a trip to his mother's homeland, Portugal, by smuggling diamonds, after his mother dies of a heart attack having seen all her savings confiscated by the government in then Brazilian President Collar de Mello's attempt to control inflation in the late 1980's.Eveything that can go wrong, does, and a bit more as once in Lisbon he falls in love with a Brazilian girl whose one ambition is to get out of Portugal.
Featuring two well known Brazilian Film and TV actors, Fernando Alves Pinto and Fernanda Torres and tightly directed by Salles and Daniela Thomas (they seem to have taken on much of the other work as well - screenwriting, production design, editing) on a not too generous budget, 'Foreign Land' is a well put together, suspenseful thriller that shows Salles full of talent and confidence as he embarked on the beginning of a sucessful directing career. Interesting not only for fans of Brazilian cinema but for any film fan who likes anything that could be described as a little off the normal beat and slightly quirky. However, must warn you the film is only available with the original Brazilian Portuguese soundtrack with English Subtitles.
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This is a small scale but perfectly formed film about foreign lands, border crossings, being outsiders and dashed hopes.
There are many arresting images. The opening scenes set in Paco's apartment show the apartment to be merely metres away from an urban overpass with car headlights illuminating the interior in eerie staccato, an image of urban alienation that immediately establishes the tone of the film. The B&W cinematography is evocative.
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