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Mal nascida

Film Information

Exhibition Title Mal nascida
Original Title Mal nascida
English Title Misbegotten
Director João Canijo
Year 2007
Format 35 mm
Colour Color
Duration 117'
  • Intérpretes / Cast: Anabela Moreira, Márcia Breia, Fernando Luís, Gonçalo Waddington, Tiago Rodrigues
  • Dirección / Director: João Canijo
  • Guión / Scriptwriter: João Canijo, Céline Pouillon,
  • Mayanna von Ledebur
  • Fotografía / Cinematography: Mário Castanheira
  • Edición / Editing: João Braz
  • Producción / Producer: Paulo Branco
  • Compañía Productora / Production Company: Clap Filmes
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A rock-hard film shot in a remote region of inland Portugal, Mal Nascida is a modern take on Electra that contains different versions of it, from Sophocles to Marguerite Yourcenar. This transposition of Electra is surprisingly faithful to classical myths and tragedies, and in fact the only character who is missing is the younger sister, Chrisothemis. Thus, we have young Electra (an impressive performance by Anabela Moreira) who is thirsty for vengeance after the murder of her father; the killers: her mother Clytemnestra, and her stepfather Aegisthus; and her brother Orestes, who returns to carry out the vengeance and atonement. We also have her friend Pylades, and of course the Chorus (the village idiot, who plays the accordion). There are also references to an older daughter, Iphigenia, who has been sacrificed. Even in the film’s hardness, the peak of violence takes place when the two siblings, Electra and Orestes, are shown having explicit sex. Incest is the ultimate tragic issue, but also the scene between Electra and Orestes sheds light on some of Canijo’s earlier films.

Augusto M. Seabra


Schedule for this film

12 Apr / 17:00 h
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16 Apr / 20:00 h
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