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The Spousals of God (DVD) (*)

Original Title: As Bodas de Deus
Alternate Title: Les noces de Dieu (Oi gamoi tou theou)
Screened, competed or awarded at:
Cannes Film Festival
Other Film Festival Awards

Language Selections:
English ( Subtitles )
French ( Subtitles )
Portuguese ( Dolby Surround )
Portuguese ( Subtitles )
Spanish ( Subtitles )

Product Origin/Format:
Portugal ( PAL/Region 0 )

Running Time:
150 min

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen (1.66:1)

Special Features:
Cast/Crew Interview(s)
Interactive Menu
Photo Gallery
Scene Access

Movie filmed in 1999 and produced in:
France ( France, Benelux )
Portugal ( Spain, Portugal )

Directed By:
João César Monteiro

Written By:
João César Monteiro

Rita Durão ..... Joana de Deus
João César Monteiro ..... João de Deus
Joana Azevedo ..... Elena Gombrowicz
José Airosa ..... Omar Raschid
Manuela de Freitas ..... Sister Bernarda
Luís Miguel Cintra ..... God's Messenger
Ana Galvão ..... Leonor
José Mora Ramos ..... Inspector Pantaleão
Fernando Mora Ramos ..... Psychiatrist
Fernando Heitor ..... Butler Vasconcelos
João Listz ..... Sparafucile
Jean Douchet ..... Bardamu
Filipa Araújo ..... Celestina
Sofia Marques ..... Nun
Teresa Negrão ..... Inês

The eccentric Portuguese director Joao Cesar Monteiro is also the screenwriter and the main character of this film, which continues his cynical observations about God and religion. Two shadow-like figures meet in an old, icy park when all seems lost. They are Deus and a Messenger from God. The Messenger gives the Crook (which is the temporary state of poor Joao de Deus) a suitcase full of money. Having accomplished his mission, he disappears. While Joao is busy counting his fortune, a heavy object plunges into the nearby lake, disturbing its tranquility. Joao goes to see what is happening and sees a young girl drowning. He plunges into the water to save her and carries the unconscious girl off to a convent. When he returns to the park, the suitcase full of money is still there waiting for him. Providence or sheer luck? With Monteiro, the answer is evident. 52nd Cannes Film Festival, Un Certain regard, 1999.

All seems lost. And then, in an old, lonely and icy park two shadowy figures meet: those of Deus and a Messenger from God. The Messenger gives the crook (the temporary state of poor João de Deus) a suitcase stuffed with money. His mission accomplished, the Messenger leaves. João counts the bank notes. The silent waters of a nearby lake are disturbed when a heavy object plunges in. João goes to see what is happening. A young girl (Joana) is drowning. João throws himself into the water and carries the unconscious Joana off to a convent (Capucines?). How Responsible! João de Deus returns to the park to recover the case and its precious contents: happily, nothing has been touched...

This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 07 January, 2012.


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