Francisca

Synopsis: The life of a young man, son of an English officer who lets himself become a prisoner of love resulting in fatalism and disgrace.
Genre: Biography, Drama
 
IMDB:
7.3
Year:
1981
166 min
17 Views


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Francisca

"Most illustrious and excellent Madam.

My dearest friend,

Your Excellency has certainly

given due recognition

to my pungent sorrow,

and equal afflictions.

I wish to give you

and Mr. Raimundo Borges,

my condolences

for the fateful event.

Your excellencies feel it

as the loss of a brother,

but I feel it as the loss of a son,

whom I loved so much.

I miss you, my friend,

as I miss the angel that I lost.

Goodbye dear friend,

I cannot continue now,

because my eyes

will not allow me too.

Keep believing, my good friend,

you true friend.

And accept my

deepest feelings,

even though I'm not

going to visit you.

My regards to your husband.

Yours truly:

Of your Excellency

a friend like no other,

Maria Rita da Rocha Owen

Vilar de Paraso

September 23rd, 1854."

Most Illustrious and excellent madam.

Your Excellency has certainly

due recognition

to my pungent sorrow,

and equal afflictions.

I wish to give you

and Mr. Raimundo Borges,

my condolences

for the fatal event.

Your excellencies feel it

as the loss of a brother,

but I feel it as the loss of a son,

whom I loved so much.

I miss you, my friend,

as I miss the angel that I lost.

Goodbye, dear friend,

I cannot continue now,

because my eyes

will not allow me to.

Keep believing, my good friend,

you true friend.

And accept

my deepest feelings,

even though I'm not

going to visit you.

My regards to your husband.

Yours truly:

Of your Excellency

a friend like no other,

Maria Rita da Rocha Owen

Vilar de Paraso

September 23rd, 1854."

With the independence of Brazil,

Portugal was taken by

a wave of instability

and despair.

The death of D. Joao VI

divided the kingdom

between the partisans of his two sons,

D. Pedro and D. Miguel,

who were leaders

of antagonistic movements,

liberalism and absolutism.

Many young men, whose

traditionalist ideals were, in 1847,

defeated by the civil war,

now incarnate a sceptical type,

given to destructive passions.

This is the true story

of the destructive passion

of Jos Augusto

and Fanny (Francisca).

It was a masked ball,

in Oporto, and Jos Augusto

had come in only to

ward off boredom.

Soon he regretted

having done so,

for his mourning for his mother

was still much too recent.

Sad?

Camilo's room

in the Paris Hotel, in Oporto.

- What are you staring at, Jos

Augusto? - Nothing.

We were talking about infinity,

about love and magnetism.

We were talking about women,

and yet you seem distant.

Don't you want to come with me to

Lodeiro, to spend a season?

I do. But weren't you supposed

to be traveling?

I intend to. But I must close

some deals before that.

Come with me.

You know what I'm offering.

The house looks like a mausoleum,

with an old out of tune piano

and alcoves that stink of death.

Then I'll go, my friend Jos.

Two poor devils are the best

consolation for one another.

How can one be virtuous

in a prosperous city

that yet cannot move

a single inch forward?

Here, in this city, the literati

praise each other

because they are

equally poor.

Here we must be sensible

to gratitude,

so that we do not become

accustumed to the role of well-doers.

Let us go to Lodeiro, my friend.

What shall we do there?

You will write. I will walk.

Both occupations are

protected from ridicule.

Oh, no, they're not.

Ridicule can survive

even in the mansion of the dead.

Just read the epitaphs.

But it does not matter.

We'll see if we, accustumed

as we are to listen to small talk,

will find it tedious

to have serious conversations.

Santa Cruz do Douro

House of Lodeiro

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Agustina Bessa-Luís

Agustina Bessa-Luís, GOSE (Portuguese: [ɐɣuʃˈtinɐ ˈbɛsɐ luˈiʃ]; born 15 October 1922, in Vila Meã, Amarante, Portugal) is a Portuguese writer.From 1986 and 1987, she was director of the daily O Primeiro de Janeiro (Porto). From 1990 to 1993, she was director of the Teatro Nacional D. Maria II (Lisbon).Her novels have been adapted for the screen by director Manoel de Oliveira: Fanny Owen ("Francisca"), Abraham's Valley, and The Lands of Risk ("The Convent"), in addition to the Party. Her novel As Terras do Risco was the basis for the film O Convento in 1995. more…

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