- Actors: Paul Hamy, Xelo Cagiao, João Pedro Rodrigues
- Directors: João Pedro Rodrigues
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Matchbox Films
- DVD Release Date: 6 Nov. 2017
- Run Time: 117 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- ASIN: B073MDN9H3
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,238 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Paul Hamy stars in this drama from Portuguese film-maker Jo¦o Pedro Rodrigues. Ornithologist Fernando (Hamy) is travelling through remote, northern Portugal in search of black storks when his kayak capsizes and breaks in rapids and he is washed ashore where he is found unconscious by Chinese Catholic pilgrims Fei (Han Wen) and Ling (Chan Suan). The pair take him into the nearby forest and tie him up but after escaping Fernando discovers a strange ritual site and begins a journey in which he experiences events similar to those of Saint Anthony of Padua.
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It would be very helpful to know that this film is based on the life of the 13th century Portuguese friar St. Anthony of Lisbon (a contemporary of Francis of Assisi), whose birth given name was “Fernando”, and who is depicted as holding the Christ Child in many paintings as well as being such a masterful orator that he also preached to the fish (both of these themes are also referenced in the movie). He was also commissioned by the Pope to produce a collection of his Sermons for Feast Days (Sermones in Festivitates)- Wikipedia. He died in Padua, Italy in 1231.
This latest film from the great visionary director João Pedro Rodrigues, several years after his last feature film, seems puzzling at first glance, but the rewards are great once you do the homework. Here he’s made it clear that naturally-sexual human beings can attain asceticism as much as everyone else. It’s beautifully shot, with minimal dialogue, and in original Portuguese, with optional English or French subs. The Extras have no English subs.
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