A 47-year-old illegal immigrant returns home from France. His village has changed a lot. His former fiancée has found herself a new man. When the village prepares a play based on the Passion of the Christ he plots to murder his ex’s lover.
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The movie where Fernando Lopes focuses on the strengths of his previous films: the lyricism of ritualization in the frame (as in an opera staging, in a drama through music); the reinvention of folk traditionalism. But also the film in which his later weaknesses starts to reveal: a dependence on a fictional schematism, a conventional work with the actors. The academicism would follow, but not yet.