I like Canijo,his method,his ideas, but this film suffers from a problem which is the plot device, the pilgrimage to Fátima overcomes the entire idea of people trapped having to deal with each other. And it wasn't just me, the audience caught on the Fátima issue too. Great performances, a nice plot within the plot when Anabela shoots using her cell, but overall I believe this could be some other thing, better!
Superior to Canijo's earlier films, that, for all his curiosity for the portuguese underclass, always tried to juxtapose a [melo]dramatic narrative to events, often lacking in taste and interest (sometimes to comedic effect). This time he lets his characters flow and the banality of naturalist acting takes the backseat to a modest study of group dynamics during a pilgrimage.
Versão de 153 min. Apesar de esperar uma caminhada mais solene e poética, as 2h30 acabaram por me parecer mais verdadeiras pela abordagem realista. O filme e o grupo gravitam entre o drama de São (fantástica Anabela Moreira) e a alegria de Ana Maria (igualmente fantástica Rita Blanco), mas algumas personagens podiam ter caído e a Ana Bustorff é completamente subaproveitada. Os últimos 10/15 minutos são soberbos.