La ville des pirates 1983
1h 51min | Drama, Fantasy | 22 February 1984 (France)
A surreal odyssey in which a melancholic maidservant crosses paths with a homicidal little boy, travels to a tiny island of pirates and encounters a man with multiple personalities.
Man, would I love to see this film again! The problem is, it has seemed to disappear completely; never shown in theaters or at festivals anymore, never shown on European television. I saw it twice, many years ago, and can’t remember much detail, let alone a story-line if there is any. Ruiz’ film is a gallery of stunning images, woven together to make a surrealistic masterpiece. A woman sleepwalking through a moonlit mediterranean village; a man on a terrace eating lunch, the camera inside his mouth. And best of all: a kitchen-scene in which someone opens a window and you can actually feel the temperature dropping. A wonderful wonderful film, but i don’t know why. Isn’t that the essence of all great art? Would I love to see this film again!
Director: Raoul Ruiz
Writer: Raoul Ruiz
Stars: Hugues Quester, Anne Alvaro, Melvil Poupaud
Country: France | Portugal
Release Date: 22 February 1984 (France)
Also Known As: A Cidade Dos Piratas
Filming Locations: Baleal, Peniche, Portugal