João is besotted with Elena, the girlfriend of his pal, Omar. He therefore makes a bet with Omar, the outcome being that either João will win Elena or that Omar will take all of João’s financial assets.
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Did Monteiro think of Unamuno when he resolved on playing John of God in his films, guided by Spaniard’s strange criterion of establishing if someone exists authentically as “un hombre de carne y hueso” (“a man of flesh and blood”), namely the pragmatist 'operari sequitur esse' (“action follows being”), according to which one exists insofar as they produce tangible effects on the minds or affects of the living, with
É daqueles que me assola de vez em quando. E que me assombra. Mas eu nem sequer me importo porque posso só fumar um cigarro e imaginar que mando todos os portugueses para o caralho. É a metáfora perfeita para um Jardim de Éden invertido, se é que isto faz sentido.