Far from One's Eyes (1998)

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A 64-year-old prison inmate writes letter to a Portuguese-American truck driver from Boston, pretending to be a woman in order for him to send money.


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19 April 1999 | Breyner
| An interesting metaphoric work on solitude that lacks emotion
"Longe da Vista" is the story of an old Portuguese conman who writes letters to an American-Portuguese man pretending he's a woman. The film tells his story as he makes acquaintance with his new cellmate, who becomes his partner in the letters writing.

It is above all a story of solitude, multiple solitude. Everyone is lonely in this film: the prisioners, obviously, but also the main character's sister, the cellmate's girlfriend, her clients at the sex-line service, the American Portuguese and so on.

Joao Mario Grilo, a talented yet too rigid director, tries to link all these peoples' solitudes but the film fails to develop good characters (with the exception of the main character, a superb performance by Canto e Castro) and seems at times too attached to its metaphoric content.

Still, a pleasant film, from a director whose films, while never being masterpieces are always worth seeing.

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Release Date:

17 February 1999



Country of Origin

Portugal, France

Filming Locations

Agência Lusa Building, Lisbon, Portugal

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