(aka "Come and Go" )


directed by João César Monteiro
Portugal 2002


Joao Vuvu, a widower with no family, except for a son who is serving time for dual murder and armed bank robbery, lives alone in his house, large, sunny house that shows signs of wealth in an old neighbourhood of Lisbon located at the foot of Monte Olivete. Joao is not very sociable, fit at all, and every day takes a trip on a bus number 100, untiringly repeating the same route: going up from Praca das Flores to the Principe Real garden and going down to his starting point and subsequent return home. Only a few occasional incidents may episodically alter this daily routine that seems to correspond to the protagonist's desire for isolation, to his assuming of an exile that makes him relapse into any social intercourse. The house, where records and books are Joao Vuvu's only company, starts to urgently require the services of cleaning lady who, at least possessing the minimum qualifications necessary, never turns up. When his son gets out of prison, the deception that his desire for regeneration provokes in his father will unleash a series of sombre events in which the protagonist's criminal inclinations come to the fore and condemn him to a destiny that is definitively that of an outlaw and as marginal figure. With due differences, two striking cinematographic references: The Fatal Glass of Beer by W.C. Fields and Monsieur Verdoux by Charles Chaplin.


Theatrical Release: May 16th, 2003 - Cannes Film Festival

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DVD Review: Madragoa Filmes / Gemini Films (Disc 11 - 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 175

1:1.66 (16:9) Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 4.28 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 SRD, 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
• Trailer
• TV Spot
• Photos
• Poster
• Filmography
• Credits

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

Chapters 22






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.

Purposefully dark image at times with excellent contrast and un-manipulated colors. If you didn't get enough interviews in the first 10 DVDs in the collection, there are more here. Very complete DVD to round out the package. 



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