Probably the crown jewel of Portuguese cinema in the 00's. It manages to be so global and yet so portuguese with both the feeling of loneliness and anonymity felt in a big city (in this case, 'our' Lisbon), as well as the suffering and desperation of parents that are robbed of their child, that we see here through the eyes of this very "obsessed" father. It also has a very beautiful poster, which is always a plus.
The Portuguese sense of nostalgia is perfect for this kind of representation of loneliness, hope and despair. The cinematography is almost perfect in here: it's hard to make Lisbon a grey city. Sassetti soundtrack is truly marvellous
A very sad,intense story told in a simple way.Nuno Lopes,as a father desperately trying to find his missing daughter,takes your breath away without trying.
A bonus is the fantastic soundtrack by Bernardo Sassetti.
Completely fascinating from beginning to end. Lead actor compelling. Unusual and original narrative method keeps you hooked. Hope and despair in modern life, Lisbon shot in a very different way. Martins doesn't let up with the banging realness. Some wonderful suspense on the train following the lady and the little girl.
Story is simple but powerful.
By the final 20 minutes of the film I had become curious, I was getting inside the father's psyche, I was looking for the child too - the only problem is it took too long to have this effect. There was too much indulgence in the actor's depression/distress. We all take it for granted that after losing a child we are distraught - we don't need be reminded so often.
8 - It’s amazing what can be accomplished with a simple story if said story is in the hands of a confident director, even if said director’s reach occasionally exceeds his considerable grasp (overused score/nods to Lewis Carroll). The search is portrayed not only as its own event, but also as a lament for the common man’s struggles in the urban jungle; drowning in dry land by a self-imposed onus.
Powerful and tragic. Such is the portrayal of a father's hope in finding her lost daughter, seemingly fruitless in the midst of suffering and growing but blameless indifference, which brings about the most excruciating form of despair: one that comes after a faint but sure glimmer of hope. Free of artifice and melodrama, it depicts a subtler form of anguish thanks to its great performances and cinematography.