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Fado, Major and Minor

Reviewed at San Sebastian Film Festival (competing), Sept. 20, 1994. Running time: 110 MIN.

Reviewed at San Sebastian Film Festival (competing), Sept. 20, 1994. Running time: 110 MIN.

With: Jean-Luc Bideau, Melvil Poupaud, Ana Padrao, Jean-Yves Gautier.

(French soundtrack)

Aficionados of quirky underground helmer Raul Ruiz may find something to cheer about in this filmic mishmash, but ordinary mortals will merely yawn or walk out of the show. As usual with Ruiz, there is no apparent story, and scenes and exchanges of dialogue trip over each other with no seeming connection, all served up in mock solemnity, occasionally trailing into drollness and cheap B&W film stock.

Characters may babble about someone’s hat, or a boy may sing fado in a nightclub, or a prostitute may fall under the table, or the camera may just linger on a seascape. In this case, the purpose of it all can probably be clear only to Ruiz himself.

Fado, Major and Minor

(FRENCH-PORTUGUESE)

Production: A Gemini Films (Paris)/Madragoa films (Lisbon) co-production. Produced by Paulo Branco. Directed, written by Raul Ruiz.

Crew: Camera (color), Jean-Yves Coic; editor, Denise de Casablanca.

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