According To Pereira


(out of 5)

Original title:  Sostiene Pereira

 is terrific as a tired, aging Lisbon journalist whose cultural column is a staple of the city’s paper but its content is completely beyond the interest of his indulgent editor. He meets a young writer () whom he decides to help break into the business, but finds he can’t publish any of the articles the young man writes because they are far too incendiary. Inspired by his militant girlfriend (), Dionisi submits articles that take to task issues of the Spanish Civil War and the encroaching Nazi threat, which Portugal is responding to by turning towards fascism. Mastroianni chooses to remain beyond politics, insisting that he is incapable of doing anything worthwhile to help his young friend when he gets into trouble, but how long can he stand by and watch his country lose its soul before he is inspired to do something about it?   Talky and dry for the most part, this film does have a very satisfying conclusion and is well worth watching for the legendary star’s performance.

Jean Vigo International, K.G. Productions, Mikado Film, Fábrica de Imagens, Presidenzia del Consiglio del Ministri-Dipartimento dello Spettacolo, Instituto Português da Arte Cinematográfica e Audiovisual

Portugal/Italy/France, 1996

Directed by

Screenplay by Roberto Faenza, , based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

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