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Sunburn

Country: Portugal, Language: Portuguese, 82 mins

Original Title

Golpe de Sol
  • Director: Vicente Alves do Ó
  • Writer: Vicente Alves do Ó
  • Producer: Pandora da Cunha Telles; Pablo Iraola

CGiii Comment

Ever heard about the film that ends exactly where it should have started?

3 men, 1 woman...friends, with one thing in common...they all have had some sort of relationship with never-to-be-seen, only-to-be-heard, David. After 10 absent years, they await his impending arrival. It's a bit like a sun-soaked Waiting for Godot...without the existentialism!

Despite the sunshine, it's a bit of a dull affair and as anticlimactic as a story can ever be! David is set-up to be God's gift to human-kind, as an irresistable Adonis...oooh, you'll be champing at the bit, drooling and dribbling in anticipation...until your eyes feast upon the demi-god himself! Champ, drool and dribble away, David's arrival is - fiendishly - delayed by forest fires and other lame excuses.

So...the friends carouse and quarrel...re-live, re-examine their personal histories with each other and with David...and, it all ends up going absolutely nowhere. A series of minor conflicts in no way compensates for missing the major showdown...perhaps, there will be a part 2!?!

It's a waiting game! And, waiting, for most people is a chore, rather avoided.


Trailer...

The(ir) Blurb...

A modern villa in the dry Portuguese summer landscape. The sun scorching bright high in the sky, four well-built bodies - three male, one female - hanging out by the pool, on the porch, in the bedrooms. All seem to be waiting for something, or as it soon turns out - someone. Scene by scene we are revealed the complex interpersonal relations and the most important, the relation of all the characters with the one who is being waited for. Who is that mythical person and what will happen when he finally arrives?

Cast & Characters

Ricardo Pereira;
Oceana Basílio;
Rafael Gomes;
Nuno Pardal;
Ricardo Barbosa