(aka "Hovering Over the Water" )


directed by João César Monteiro
Portugal 1986


When Laura Rossellini suddenly decided to leave for Rome, taking her children with her, she must have been convinced that she would never return to Portugal, a country she had left behind her for ever, "a dead country". However, after almost a year had passed, Laura returned to the house overlooking the bay and, in a relaxed holiday atmosphere, finds what remains of a family and, by chance, something unexpected...


Theatrical Release: January 1986

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DVD Review: Madragoa Filmes / Gemini Films (Disc 4 (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 143'

1:1,37 (4:3) Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.01 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 Mono, Portuguese
Subtitles English, Portuguese, French, Spanish and none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Madragoa Filmes / Gemini Films

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1:1,37 (4:3)

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

DVD Release Date: 2003
Amaray (part of 11 DVD box set)

Chapters 16






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

Colors look quite true and sharpness is there for a fairly heavy print. This is a solid image with decent contrast levels. Chock-filled with good extra features, this is another gem in the collection.



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