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37 Ratings

Get a Life

Ganhar a Vida

Directed by João Canijo
Portugal, France, 2001


A Portuguese teen, Álvaro, loses his life in a fight between a youth gang and the cops in a Paris suburb. Cidália, a 36-year-old cleaning lady, his mother, decides to defy the code of silence of the Portuguese community to seek the truth. She loses her friends, job & family but she regains her life.

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Get a Life Directed by João Canijo

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  • ig_____or's rating of the film Get a Life

    Fds, Canijo, por onde começar? Os créditos com Comic Sans! As referências à minha bela cidade de Pombal! A Rita Blanco! A Rita Blanco a cantar! A Romana! A Romana a cantar! Toda a cena da "festa" portuguesa. O protesto. As cores. Os close-ups. O olhar cru sobre esta comunidade. A maneira como o filme termina. O cartaz do filme com a cara da Rita Blanco em grão sob fundo laranja.

  • anarresti's rating of the film Get a Life

    Thirteen years later, this film might become relevant again, given the exodus in recent years of young people with high education from Portugal to severall destinations, including France. For portuguese and/or french speakers, the work on language is interesting. Good job with the luso-french lingo and the culture that produced it. And "pimba" music has its 2nd best appearance, 1st is in Our Beloved Month of August.

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