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Bad Living

Country: Portugal, France, Language: Portuguese, 127 mins

Original Title

Mal Viver
  • Director: João Canijo
  • Writer: João Canijo
  • Producer: Pedro Borges, François d'Artemare

CGiii Comment

Five women are running an old hotel and trying to save it from inexorable decay. Guests arrive over the course of a weekend: a couple bears the wounds of a long-term misunderstanding; a domineering mother interferes in her daughter’s relationship; two girls try to save their own love story in the face of opposition from a possessive mother.

Viver Mal is the reverse shot of Mal Viver, which is screening in the Competition: here, João Canijo reveals everything that was floating in the depth of field in this film’s mirror image. Reality becomes the intertwining and multiplication of different points of view; the intersection between what can be seen and what the eye misses. Like a play of light reflections, Viver Mal is Mal Viver in another dimension. The image is distorted, but at the same time seeks a new definition by relaunching itself into infinity.


Cast & Characters

Anabela Moreira (as Piedade)
Rita Blanco (as Sara)
Madalena Almeida (as Salomé)
Cleia Almeida (as Raquel)
Vera Barreto (as Ângela)
Nuno Lopes (as Jaime)
Filipa Areosa (as Camila)
Leonor Silveira (as Elisa)
Rafael Morais (as Alex)
Lia Carvalho (as Graça)
Beatriz Batarda (as Judite)
Carolina Amaral (as Alice)
Leonor Vasconcelos (as Júlia)