Sixteen year old Cecília has a prosthetic hand. Mariana, her four year old cousin comes to live in her parents’ house. The mother’s affections concentrate on Mariana. With jealousy, Cecília dreams of a tragic love, which doesn’t bring back her mother’s love.
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