Magnificently acted and orchestrated, João Canijo’s family saga, Blood of My Blood, depicts the harshness of life in inner city Lisbon and the sacrifices that two women are willing to make for their family. Marcia is determined to end the cycle of poverty for her family and when she discovers that her daughter is dating an older professor, she will stop at nothing to end this unwelcome relationship. –TIFF
João Canijo (born 1957) is a Portuguese film director. His film Get a Life was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival.
Canijo is one of the most prominent Portugese filmmakers and stage directors of his generation. From 1980 to 1985 he worked as an assistant director to Manoel de Oliveira, Wim Wenders, Alain Tanner and Werner Schroeter, among others. In 1988, his first film Three Less Me was selected for the Rotterdam Film Festival. Since then his other films, such as Her Mother’s Daughter (1990), Black Shoes(1998), and Get a Life (2001), have met a significant success with the critics as well as the public in Portugal. —(http://paginas.fe.up.pt/~iatu2006/JoaoCanijo.htm)
Interesting how Canijo can condense the narrative by sometimes adopting a 'simoultaneous sequences-filming':family members' conversations in adjacent rooms overlap as his camera shoots them, including the separating walls.Possibly to make the film more palatable, the director went for a telenovela-like structure (a 3-episode Tv-version of it also exists),As a downside, I found the two ending events a bit preposterous
once again canijo's obvious strengths are 1) the way he perfectly handles space devising camera choreography for every single sequence 2) endless everyday dialogues without a single false note 3) rita blanco's masterful performance / the only letdown is canijo's dramatic composition - his tendency to add obvious dramatic moves that add sense of structure to the narrative but destroy any last traces of naturalism
Aside from Pedro Costa's trilogy about the Fontainhas neighbourhood, never before a typical low-class portuguese family had been so masterfully portrayed. Review and rating: http://alwayswatchgoodmovies.blogspot.com/2012/03/blood-of-my-blood-2011.html