Synopsis: Pedro, an engineer posted in a village in the North of Portugal, waits desperately to be transferred back to Lisbon. Ever since his road project was cancelled, he's had nothing to do except work on the village website he created. Just when a transfer seems imminent, Pedro receives a letter from a large multinational. They summon Pedro to close the site, citing domain name infringement. Failure to do so will result in a 500.000 Euro lawsuit. But only the village association can close the site. And the villagers refuse. Their logic: if the site is worth 500.000 Euros in damages, then it's worth 500.000 Euros. The situation spins out of control when the press gets wind of the story and the villagers' plight becomes a cause célèbre from New York to Hong Kong. But as interest rises, so does dissension in the village. Under the media spotlight, the villagers start to change - and not always for the better.
Genre: Comedy
Director(s): Luís Galvão Teles
Production: Fado Filmes
  7 wins & 2 nominations.
103 min


The Garden of Eden

You've reached Ana Alves.

I'm not here. Leave a message.

Ana, my love...

Don't be mad.

I love you more than anything.

More than any road.

Call me as soon as you can.

I love you.


Drive carefully.

Good morning, Ignacio!

Good morning, Engineer.

Good morning, Engineer.

- Where are you going?

- Fishing.

- Good morning, Maria Madalena!

- Good morning, Pedro!

- Is Victor awake?

- He's off on mission impossible.

See you later!

- Good morning!

- Morning, Engineer!


The engineer is honest.

He looks you straight in the eye.

Nothing to hide.

He's better than some.

"A Road for Aguas Altas" website

paradise past present future people

Osvaldo, a coffee!

Concha's coming!


The Spanish woman?

"A Road for Aguas Altas"

Government's decision imminent!!!


Thanks, Osvaldo.


- When she arrives, I'll propose.

- You barely know her!


Concha doesn't know me

well enough to say no.

And you and Ana?

When are you getting married?

Ana knows me too well to say yes.


This is Victor Silva,

forest ranger and Aguas Altas'

most eligible bachelor.

And the only one.

I'm tired of being rejected.

This isn't for the site, is it?

Before the dam,

the village was bigger!

From this valley up to the tower.

The bridge was below us.

The school, over there.

Lost waters.

Aguas Altas?

I was born here. I'll die here.

It's not a bad place to live.

Good people.

Good neighbors.

Though some are...

I won't say more.

- Bless me, Father Felicidade.

- God bless you.

Good morning, Pedro.

Aguas Altas is a place worth seeing.

Too bad no one ever comes.

- It needs a website.

- A what?

A waste of time and money.

Aguas Altas isn't even on the map!

The devil couldn't find us.

We don't need a...

... website.

We need a new village.

For Aguas Altas,

the road is a new beginning.

A new road, new partnerships,

new opportunities. Change!

Big changes!

Next year, we'll be driving

on the new road. On MY road.

Then you'll go back to Lisbon.

We'll never see you again.

Stop that!

Pedro Afonso. He came here

to build a road to link us to the world.


Countdown to the decision


The Lord's Day

- May God be with you.

- He is with us.

God bless us.

In the name of the Father,

the Son and the Holy Spirit.

- May the peace of the Lord be with you.

- Thanks be to God.

Though the Lord

did not grant us the road,

we respect His wisdom

and ask for His mercy.

Miraculous Queen

Queen of heaven

Didn't I tell you?

Miguel, where are you going?

You did your best, Osvaldo...

We'll get it next time.

Forget it. It's not your fault.

It's all Osvaldo's fault.

- A real Mayor would have got the road.

- Why is it his fault?

It's not your fault.

It's not mine. So it's his!


The World isn't like that

Public Works Ministry

Road Planning


What's better, 'Road Planning Assistant'

or 'Regional Transport Aide'?


What's that?

Fernando! What's that for?

With no road,

I'll need a new job.

We'll get the road.

A road, a bridge, a tunnel...

Even if it takes me

the rest of my life.

A letter for you, Engineer.

Registered mail.

The keys to the Jeep!

Can you hear me?



From a law firm?


Who's going to sign now?.

For the village site.

- I don't have all day, Jose.

- Morning, Engineer!

I'm on my way.

Hello, Engineer!

Why's he in such a hurry?

Aguas Altas, Spring Water

By next year, Aguas Altas

will be n 1 in Spain and Portugal.

It's a fabulous campaign.

- Modest as ever.

- Modesty gets you nowhere.

Elena, next year

your division won't exist.

They'll announce it

at the next Board Meeting.

So I have to act fast.

- If the campaign is a success...

- A huge success.

An enormous success!

We'll see if they still

close the division.

I want us to try again.

- Vicente, it doesn't work between us.

- We need more time together.

That's the problem.

Neither of us has time.

- Carmen.

- Shall I call Aguas Altas?

I'll call.

You've reached Ana Alves.

I'm not here. Leave a message.

Ana, my love. Call me.

I need to talk to you.

It's urgent. Kisses.

Luisa! Luisa!

I'm taking down the wash.

Pedro received a letter.

Registered mail.

Joaquim said he turned white

then drove off in the Jeep.

Don't you understand?

- Ana left him.

- She left him. I understood.

But you don't send a letter for that.

- Then someone died.

- Who could it be?

That's it! An inheritance!

Joaquim said the letter

came from a law firm.

Why not start with that?

If it's an inheritance,

ask for a raise.

"Having registered the site"

"in the name

of the Aguas Altas Village Association,"

" Engineer Pedro Afonso..."


"... is ordered to stop using the internationally

registered trademark, Aguas Altas."

"Failure to do so will result

in our asking the court"

"for 500.000 Euros in damages."

They don't fool around.

What can I do?

We agreed not to send a letter.

- DRINAM doesn't give in to squatters.

- Aguas Altas is the name of their village!

Aguas Altas is a trademark

registered in our name.

Don't worry. It will be ours.

Will they give it up so easily?

If your letter

didn't complicate things...

A liqueur.

The poor engineer.

It's hard to lose someone.

If someone has to die,

better there's an inheritance.

It's not an inheritance.

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