(aka "the Spousals of God" )


directed by João César Monteiro
Portugal 1998


All seem lost, and then, in an old, lonely and icy park, two shadowy figures meet: those of Deus and a Messenger. God's Messenger give the hoodlum (the temporary state of poor Joao de Deus) a case stuffed with money. He then leaves, his mission accomplished. Joao counts the bank notes. The silent waters of nearby lake are disturbed when a heavy object plunges in. Joao goes to see what is happening. A young girl (Joana) is drowning. Joao throws himself into the water and carries the unconscious Joana off to a convent (Capucines?). How responsible! Joao de Deus returns to the park to recover the case and it's precious contents: happily, nothing has been touched... And thus continue the adventures of Joao de Deus.


Theatrical Release: May 20th, 1999 - Cannes Film Festival

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DVD Review: Madragoa Filmes / Gemini Films - Disc 9 - Part of 11 DVD set - Region 0 - PAL

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Only Available in the João César Monteiro Boxset:


Madragoa Filmes / Gemini Films

Region 0 - PAL

Runtime 150'

1:1,66 (16:9) Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 4.29 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Dolby SR, Portuguese
Subtitles English, Portuguese, French, Spanish, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Madragoa Filmes / Gemini Films

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1:1.66 (16:9)

Edition Details:
• Special features:
• Interviews
• On JCM's Work
• Trailer
• Photos
• Poster
• Filmography
• Credits

DVD Release Date: January 27th, 2004
Amaray case (part of 11 DVD box set)

Chapters 20





Comments Like all others in the "The Complete João César Monteiro" Boxset this DVD has original audio and optional English, French, Spanish or Portuguese subtitles. All appear to have an original aspect ratio image that is un-manipulated from the print source.

Good image if minutely softer than some of the others. Bright colors and good contrast. Extras are abundant with more interviews etc. Another adept disc in the collection.



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