Film adaptation of the best-seller adventure novel ‘Peregrinação’ written by Fernão Mendes Pinto. The story of the Portuguese presence in the Far East and the written account of the travels and of the 20 years worth of adventures lived by Fernão Mendes Pinto, in that region of the globe.
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a noble effort. the first half of the film feels often senseless, with the choir and the "pillow shots" feeling merely as some kind of poor decoration. from Malaca on, Botelho seems to find his rhythm. maybe he embodies the subtlety he sees in asian cultures. the culture clash is here ambiguous and beautifully shot, not to mention relevant for contemporary thought.