(aka "the Last Dive" )


directed by João César Monteiro
Portugal 1992


What young Samuel was doing at the time of night on the deserted quey, nobody will ever know for sure. In fact, when Mr. Eloi, an old retired sailor, approached him, he was staring at the waters of Tagus. Tired as he was of his days, Mr. Eloi could not have thought any other way. Samuel was there to put an end to his life. And when Samuel, symbolically or not, invites him to share his last dive, Eloi, as a last resort, stops him from throwing himself in the river and, saying that Heaven can wait, takes him on a tour of the city. So the two characters go off for two long nights of roving during St. Anthony festivities. In he night club they meet Esperanca, a dumb prostitute who is Eloi's daughter and the other ladies of the night - Rosa Bianca and Ivone. The frandship that grows between them is sealed in a boarding house of ill-repute. Young Samuel discovers love. The Tagus no longer inspires him...


Theatrical Release: September 1992 (Venice Film Festival)

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DVD Review: Madragoa Filmes / Gemini Films (Disc 6 - 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 85'

1:1,37 (4:3) Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.76 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
• Trailer
• TV Spot
• Photos
• Poster
• Filmography
• Credits

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

Chapters 10






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.

Again, colors are a little dull and the sharpness softer than some might prefer, but it appears to be fairly pure and progressively transferred. this is perhaps a notch below standard of some of the later films. There are some good extras including interviews and a short TV spot. I have doubt that we will see a superior transfer anytime soon. This image is acceptable if not a dynamically Criterion level of quality.



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