This film about contemporary life in Lisbon concerns an Irish woman, Cathy, who dearly loves her Portugese lawyer husband Pedro. Though, unbeknownst to her, he engages in one tryst after another. Cathy soon finds herself trying to help a young delinquent get off heroin, while the youth’s desperate mother joins a weird religious cult. In other segments, an elderly man is nearly driven mad with grief at the loss of his granddaughter in a train station, while a down-and-out jeweller ushers the young girl to a hotel room. —IMDb
Alberto Jorge Seixas dos Santos was born on March 20, 1936 in Lisbon, Portugal. He Studied Historical-Philosophical Sciences at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Lisbon. In 1958, he started to work as a film critic. He also studied in Paris, at the Institut des hautes études cinématographiques (IDHEC) in 1962 and, during the next year, at the London Film School.
Seixas Santos, who belongs to a generation of film club lovers, is part of the cinematic movement called Novo Cinema (New Cinema) and started to shoot documentaries – A Arte e o Ofício de Ourives and Indústria Cervejeira em Portugal (1968). In 1970, he was one of the founders of the Portuguese Cinema Center.
Brandos Costumes, his first feature-film, shot between 1972 and 1975 and written together with the writers Luísa Neto Jorge and Nuno Júdice, draws a line between everyday life of a medium bourgeoisie family and the path of the regime of the military coup of the May 28th, 1926. This film was selected… read more