Fiction,Portugal, 1990,35 mm,
With Pedro Hestnes, Nuno Fereira, Inês Medeiros, Luis Miguel Cintra, Isabel de Castro
The film begins with a slap. The father slaps the son. The son looks like Pedro Costa. When Costa made this film, his very first, he was thirty years old. Of course, the things we find in his subsequent works are already here – even if they haven’t yet settled in properly: the light (darkness), the people, what they say, the way they look at each other or embrace. The story: two brothers, Vincente the eldest and Nino the younger one; their father, who has disappeared; and a girl, Clara. All of them seem to be walking under a large shadow, away from any clearing.