Marco Martins’ 'Alice' Portuguese R2 DVD Out Now.

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The winner of the Regards Jeune Prix at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival as finally been released in DVD format. Widely acclaimed as one of the best Portuguese films of the last few years, it has been submitted to represent Portuguese cinema at the next edition of the Oscars®.

Marco Martins’ beautifully shot debut film and Bernardo Sassetti’s haunting soundtrack mix together perfectly to create a mood that perfectly depicts the desperation of a father who has lost his child. An amazing performance by Nuno Lopes as Mário and a very efficient secondary cast makes this one of my all time favourite Portuguese movies.

Here’s a plot synopsis provided by the production company: “193 days have passed since Alice was last seen. Everyday Mário, her father, leaves his house and repeats the same route he made the day Alice went missing. His obsession in finding her leads him to install a series of video cameras that record the movement in the streets. In the middle of all those faces, of that anonymous crowd, Mário searches for a lead, some help, one signal… The brutal pain caused by Alice’s absence has changed Mário into a different person, but this tragic search may be the only way he can keep on believing that his daughter will eventually be found.”

Lusomundo has done a great job with this 2-Disc release. The film is shown in 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround. It includes English, French and Spanish subtitles. The second disc is filled with extras including deleted scenes and a making of, unfortunely it is not subtitled.

Alice trailer (streaming quicktime)
Alice official website (English, French and Portuguese version)

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