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On My Birthday

No dia dos meus anos

Directed by João Botelho
Portugal, 1992


Movie with several connected stories. The main one is of a family: a little boy(Miguel)who’s anxious for his 7th birthday, his mother, his sister Joana, his grandfather…and his father. In their house lives a guest, a book seller. Part of the “Os Quatro Elementos” (The Four Elements) series.

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On My Birthday Directed by João Botelho

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  • José Neves's rating of the film On My Birthday

    A movie little remembered, possibly because it was filmed for television, but that is one of the recent Portuguese cinema and João Botelho's great movies. Not yet overwhelmed by his shattered films with television stars (which, in a way, starts here) and with a refined narrative plasticity, a film that shows how cinema could be better if it had not lost its ability to trust the expressiveness of its own matters.

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