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Vitalina Varela

Vitalina Varela is a movie starring Vitalina Varela, Ventura, and Manuel Tavares Almeida. A Cape Verdean woman navigates her way through Lisbon, following the scanty physical traces her deceased husband left behind and discovering...

Other Titles
ヴィタリナ
Running Time
2 hours 4 minutes
Quality
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres
Drama
Director
Pedro Costa
Writer
Vitalina Varela, Pedro Costa
Actors
Francisco Brito, Ventura, Vitalina Varela, Manuel Tavares Almeida
Country
Portugal
Year
2019
Audio Languages
Deutsch, English, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
Subtitles
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

Vitalina Varela takes its title from the name of its lead actress, a Cape Verdean woman who, as per usual with Costa's non-professional actors, plays a fictionalized version of herself. Vitalina first appeared in an episode in the director's previous film, Horse Money (Wavelengths 2015), wherein she recounted how her husband had left their homeland nearly 25 years ago to work in Lisbon - a separation that became permanent when she finally arrived on the continent, three days after his funeral. In Vitalina Varela, Costa refracts and expands that episode to place us firmly within his heroine's stoic point of view, capturing her extraordinary strength and resilience as she navigates the scanty physical traces her husband left behind, discovers his secret, illicit life, and encounters the other lives that darken the shadows of the Fontainhas that once was.

Comments about drama «Vitalina Varela» (14)

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Diane M.

I'm not gonna bother with the plot because I'm sure anyone who hasn't seen this movie will be able to predict the ending at least a couple of times before the credits roll. Basically, this movie shows the complex interactions of three families living in a small Mexican town. Each family is well-known, well-liked, and well-respected by the other families, which make it easy for them to trust each other. I don't know much about this movie so I'm not gonna try and make a synopsis out of it. I'm not gonna try to describe it in detail because I'm sure everyone has seen it. Basically, it's a movie about three different families, each family being unique. For example, the story involves the main family, the uncles, and the grandmother. The grandmother and uncle are two people who basically do nothing for the rest of their lives, while the grandmother is one of the most popular people in town. But, even though the grandmother does nothing, the people around her love her, and respect her. And that's basically what the movie is about. Another thing that I will try to do is to mention how the main characters deal with their situations. The grandmother is never willing to leave her friends or even her own home. The grandmother's relationship with the children is similar to the grandfather's with his grandson, and the grandmother feels guilty when she says that she'll do whatever it takes to protect her grandchildren. This may be an example of the "other woman" in Spanish movies, but it's not only about women in general. The grandmother has feelings for the two boys in the family. The father is a seemingly gentle and kind person, but he also takes advantage of the young boys, and will use the girls if he's feeling sad. The father is a little different from other fathers, but he still treats his wife and children with respect. The children all have their own reasons to want to grow up, and the main characters have all had their lives made and change dramatically because of their decisions and actions. So basically, this movie is about three families, three different relationships. In the end, everyone is satisfied with what they've done, and everyone gets what they deserve. Everyone has found happiness in their own ways. The movie is a very simple film, but it makes you think about what we are. Each character is someone we know. We are all different, and there's no one we can blame or even blame for what has happened to us. It's easy to look at all the differences between the families and think "That's the way it's always been, and that's the way it's always gonna be". However, there is one person who can't be blamed. That person is the grandmother. Her actions are horrible and completely unforgivable. But, the people around her do not know that. They just accept her, and are happy to watch her grow old and die. Maybe it's because the people around her are so beautiful. Maybe it's because she is so different. Whatever the reason, it's clear that people will not hold her accountable for what she did. She was just a mother, and a woman who loved her family.

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Joseph Hudson

I think this is a great movie! It's definitely not for everybody, but it is definitely a worthwhile one!

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Christian

The absolute best movie I've seen in recent years. There is no other film I could have written or directed as well as Miguel Diaz and his team have. This film was so touching and touching was the best word for this film. The story told by the movie is so authentic. The acting was brilliant. The action was truly amazing and never really seemed fake. This movie had something that no other movie has ever had. A heart to the entire film. It is very difficult to find a movie that shows what real people can go through when their loved ones are involved. This is one of those movies that really sticks with you long after you see it. It is worth seeing every time and it is amazing. This film really deserves an award for best movie of the year.

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Lori Curtis

This is a great little film about the victimization of the Russian people and the struggle for survival. It is so well shot and acted. The actors are all great and so are the actresses. I especially like the relationship between Maria Volokhova and Marin Krivokhov. You see them both at the same time, they are both victims of the war, but you can see the good side of each of them. It is also really sad that the camera never moves when the characters are talking to each other. This is a great film, and one I recommend to anyone. It also has a beautiful and poignant song by Michael Tylo entitled "Under The Cloud".

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Joshua G.

The movie I watched is based on the book by Boris Kachka and directed by Boris Kachka. The story follows a mentally ill man who is employed as a driver for a firm who run an office where the people come to their office and get help and information from the head of the firm and the other people. The movie follows a time when a man had no money and was constantly chasing the girl he loved but she was running away from him and would call him when she was missing. The movie ended with this man buying a revolver and shooting a random guy. After he shot that guy, he was in the same place with his girlfriend at the same time. He thought he had shot the girl and thought it was her. He asked her if she was okay and she said she was fine but that he should wait for help from the police. She never really got help and she eventually fell in love with a lawyer who helped her to find the man who killed her love. I liked the movie, it was a lot more real than the real thing. I also liked the actor's interpretation of the guy and his personal history.

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Katherine G.

Well, now, I am surprised I am writing my review in english, I read in this newspaper that this film won the Oscar for best foreign film of the year. How can you? I saw the film with an english-speaking friend, I think he is not quite familiar with the local cinema, maybe he has seen some other foreign films, which might be better. So, I am very proud of this film, it is a very good movie with real emotions, you can't find it in other European films, you can't find in American films. So, I would like to ask you to be open minded, don't be afraid of negative or pretentious reviews, because these kind of reviews are not the point, it's the director who do that. Thanks for reading and happy film viewing!

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Susan

I have to admit that I'm not the biggest fan of movies in general, I'd rather watch TV dramas or live sports in the summer. However, this one is really very entertaining, the movie shows the different phases of a typical "divorcee" and her child. The roles of the actors are quite good, it's easy to imagine that they all have had lots of experience with children of different social classes. You can definitely see how difficult it is to take care of a child, especially when it is a "developmentally disabled" one. You see the inner struggle that all parents have to face when dealing with their child and how it makes them "feel empty". The film is also about overcoming, about finding solutions and about finding a happy ending. It is very easy to understand why "Holloween" has become a cult film. I believe it is a very "unique" film and not everybody will like it. But for me it was really enjoyable and I would definitely recommend it.

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Kathy P.

Well, this is a little different from the usual Spanish films. The reason is that there are no "housewife" to punish the husband with. What i mean is that there are no "criminal" to show justice and that is what makes the movie interesting. This movie is about two strangers who are involved in a Spanish fairytale about how a lonely girl can fall in love with a stranger. I think this is the best movie of all time. It has great art, good acting, great direction and is really interesting and entertaining. Watch it, and you won't regret it.

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Roger B.

I think this is a pretty good film. It is a pretty good portrayal of a young, rich, beautiful woman. I think there is not much in the story, which is surprising, considering this is based on a true story. I think this film makes a pretty good statement about the financial problems of the Venezuelan women who become pregnant and have a child without being able to support it. This film has some very beautiful shots, and the acting is pretty good. The director also did a good job at creating a vibe for the film, but some of the editing could have been better. But overall this is a pretty good movie, and I recommend it to anyone who is looking for something different from a standard Hollywood film.

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Heather

I'm sure you've seen enough of the movies to compare this one with, but I'll just give the basic facts here: it is not an adaptation of the novel by, or about, the writer of this film, but a small film about two people who are trapped in a small town where they become inseparable. As this short film opens, we are presented with the story of Tio, a young boy who has just left home after his parents' marriage ended, and who is awaiting the return of his sister and brother. The next scene is his arrival in the town. He is immediately placed in a position of authority in the little town where he was born, and grows to respect the townspeople, in particular its police chief. At the same time, he develops an almost insatiable hunger for food. He begins to talk about what he's going to eat, and eventually begins to ask for permission to go outside. His mother, also not very happy about the situation, comes to him and tells him he must eat the food, but if he doesn't, he'll be expelled. Tio chooses to go outside to satisfy his craving, and then the story takes a turn when his brother joins him on his quest. Tio's sister is similarly looking for food, but she doesn't have to worry about eating outside because her sister is also in a similar situation. I would have liked to have seen more development of the relationship between the two, since it would have helped to understand why they were so close. I also would have liked to have seen more development of the relationship between Tio and his brother, but I guess that the film doesn't have that kind of a budget. All in all, I really enjoyed the film. The acting is actually quite good and the dialogs are quite fine, I particularly liked the way the father tells his son about his mission, the mother's scenes of anger at Tio's growing hunger, and the way Tio's mother finally understands that he is his brother and that they must eat together. I also thought that the director did a good job at depicting a small town in the middle of the South American jungle. The music was good, but I think that the production and acting could have been better. Overall, a good movie for young kids to watch.

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Robert Carlson

A whole year of laboring in a Russian jail with no food, and no-one to talk to. Everything in this film, the characters, the dialog, the mood, are so real. I will always remember the prison and the difficulties the director went through to make this film. It is very rare to see such a realistic portrayal of a prison and a really dark, realistic and sad story. This is what a true hero and patriot should do.

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Betty Nichols

Last summer I watched a movie with an amazing director named Ariel Dorfman. It was titled "Hidden". It was a biographical movie about Maura Murray, a famous American actress who died of cancer last year. The film was based on a book titled "Hidden", written by Dorfman. It was the first movie he directed. Now, the movie is called "Hidden", and I watched it on Netflix. If you like movies about cancer, you will like this movie. It is interesting. It's based on a true story. I liked the movie. It's about Maura Murray. Maura Murray was an American actress, known for playing the character "Mimi Watson" in the television series "Sister Wives". Maura Murray was a good actress, and she is famous for playing the character "Mimi Watson". She was a kind, beautiful, and beautiful person. Maura Murray died last year. She was only in her twenties. Maura Murray died of cancer. I can't even explain it. I don't think I could describe it. There is a scene where Maura Murray is shown in the bathtub. There are candles and water in the bathtub. In the scene, it is kind of dark, and you can't see the reflection of Maura Murray. The water in the bathtub is only dark, and you can't see anything. It is kind of a really creepy scene. I thought that this movie is not that good. I thought it was kind of boring. I watched it and I thought that it was kind of boring. I could not sit and watch it for two hours. But I decided to give it a try. I watched it, and I thought that it was kind of good. It was a really good movie, and I liked it. I recommend this movie to anybody. It is a really good movie. I think that this movie is really good. It is based on a true story, so it is really good. It's not a bad movie. I give this movie an 8 out of 10. It's a really good movie.

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Daniel C.

This movie is my favorite part of the movie. I saw it because it had the voice of this amazing girl, Vitalina Varela. She is the most beautiful, powerful and eloquent of all the characters in the movie, and she is at the same time quite believable, and emotional. Vitalina is the most remarkable character, and I hope they will make more movies with her in it. She is not in the movie too much, but every time she is on screen, I feel she is in my eyes, and for that reason, the movie is a lot more touching and funny. I really enjoyed the movie, but I'm very disappointed in the end. It's hard to believe that two great actors like that would be such a bad actress. I don't know how I missed the connection of that big problem to the friendship between her and her sister. I really want to understand this movie.

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Benjamin G.

Such an excellent movie, I loved it! Especially the book is excellent, I like books more than movies, but in this case, the movie is amazing. It's a good movie with a good story. I can't believe that the book was so good, it's a great movie, i really recommend it. The movie is excellent, I love it! This movie has it's own atmosphere and the actors are great. It's a real romantic movie, it's so great! Don't miss it!