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The Jester

  • Film

Time Out says

This takes patience (a degree in Portuguese studies wouldn't go amiss, either), but ultimately rewards it by pulling a dozen apparently separate threads together into a vivid picture of Lisbon's young intelligentsia in 1978, when the idealism roused by the Portuguese revolution finally died. Most of the central characters are involved in putting on a play (adapted from Alexandre Herculano's novel The Jester), and the film gets astonishing mileage from the old device of counterpointing their on-stage and off-stage lives. The off-stage issues include gun-running, a sexually ambivalent triangle, and a murder; the on-stage scenes are designed sumptuously enough to recall the heyday of Michael Powell.
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Release Details

  • Duration:127 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:José Alvaro Morais
  • Screenwriter:José Alvaro Morais, Rafael Godhino
  • Cast:
    • Fernando Heitor
    • Paula Guedes
    • Luis Lucas
    • Luísa Marques
    • Victor Santos Ramos
    • Glicinia Quartin
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