Palácios de Pena 2011
59min | Drama, Fantasy | 8 January 2012 (USA)
Haunted by their own directionless lives, two pre-adolescent girls reunite while visiting their ailing grandmother. In the midst of her fantasies of a medieval past – one consumed by fear and desire – the two girls are transformed and confront a legacy of oppression.
Women side by side, looking at each other, relating to each other, different but the same inside.
We’ve got an old Portuguese woman with an iPad, her pierced face granddaughters, and goats. Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt’s film is an elusory blend of classic and ultramodern, compassion and irony, all in the spirit of the famed Portuguese writer Jose Saramago. Life is pretty bleak in these parts and people don’t talk much. No Mercedes problems here. Grandma doesn’t have to lecture the girls on right and wrong or how to grow up into responsible women. Everything they need to know about life can be learned by the zen of tending goats.
Directors: Gabriel Abrantes, Daniel Schmidt
Writers: Gabriel Abrantes, Daniel Schmidt
Stars: Alcina Abrantes, Andreia Martina, Catarina Gaspar
Release Date: 8 January 2012 (USA)
Also Known As: Palaces of Pity