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Foreign Land

I recently watched the movie Foreign Land, a.k.a. Terra Estrangeira, a Brazilian film from 1996, for a class. It was an interesting movie about a man whose mother dies and he travels as an immigrant to Spain to visit/learn about his mother’s roots.

The movie started out slow at first but put eventually picked up. It starts out in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1990 with the president freezing all bank accounts. The main character Paco has to deal with finding his mother dead. He makes plans to take a trip to Spain but in order to pay for it he smuggles diamonds into Spain. When he goes to deliver the goods to a man named Miguel, Miguel is dead. Then some drama ensues and Paco hooks up with Miguel’s girlfriend Alex. The movies ends tragically, but I won’t reveal that to you dear reader.

The movie is black and white and has a 1940s film noir feeling. The imagery was really cool in the film, i.e. the photo above. A main critique of mine is since the movie is in black and white the subtitles were difficult to read because they were in white.



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