Films 2023

Viver mal

125 min.
Year of Production:
Portugal, France
Nuno Lopes
Filipa Areosa
Leonor Silveira
Rafael Morais
Lia Carvalho
Beatriz Batarda
Carolina Amaral
Leonor Vasconcelos
Production Company:
Midas Filmes, Les Films de l'Après-Midi
Berlinale Section:
Berlinale Category:
Feature Film

Five women are running an old hotel and trying to save it from inexorable decay. Guests arrive over the course of a weekend: a couple bears the wounds of a long-term misunderstanding; a domineering mother interferes in her daughter’s relationship; two girls try to save their own love story in the face of opposition from a possessive mother. Viver Mal is the reverse shot of Mal Viver, which is screening in the Competition: here, João Canijo reveals everything that was floating in the depth of field in this film’s mirror image. Reality becomes the intertwining and multiplication of different points of view; the intersection between what can be seen and what the eye misses. Like a play of light reflections, Viver Mal is Mal Viver in another dimension. The image is distorted, but at the same time seeks a new definition by relaunching itself into infinity.

FILMOGRAFIE João Canijo (selection)

 Viver mal 

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