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Três menos eu

Film Information

Exhibition Title Três menos eu
Original Title Três menos eu
English Title Three Less Me
Director João Canijo
Year 1988
Format 16 mm
Colour Color
Duration 90'
  • Intérpretes / Cast: Rita Blanco, Anne Gauthier, Isabel de Castro, Ana Maria Pinto, Pedro Hestnes
  • Dirección / Director: João Canijo
  • Guión / Scriptwriter: João Canijo, Paulo Tunhas
  • Fotografía / Cinematography: José Luís Carvalhosa
  • Edición / Editing: Sabine Franel
  • Producción / Producer: Paulo Branco, Paulo de Sousa
  • Compañía Productora / Production Company: Filmargem, Les Films du Passage
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A young woman (played by Rita Blanco, who would become Canijo’s fetish actress), works at a music shop in a mall, and she needs someone to share her secrets with. It can’t be her mother, who is distant due to her imminent separation; nor her preadolescent sister, or her aunt who has migrated to France. Her boyfriend won’t do either. That is until suddenly one day the person Rita has been waiting for enters her life. But another man also appears, and as we know, three is a crowd. Someone must go. In his first film, Canijo builds up an intimate love story filled with melancholy and told in the first person without any fear of the romantic cliché that standing alone under the rain is. Sharing some elements with the first films made by other Portuguese directors of his generation (like Pedro Costa and Teresa Villaverde) Três menos eu has a complicated history: principal photography began in 1985 and it wasn’t until 1988 that it premiered as the Opening Film in the Rotterdam film festival. The production company went bankrupt, and the negatives were confiscated by the court until 2003.

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