Hay Road

Synopsis: This is the story of a man who after living over ten years isolated away from his country, returns to avenge His brother's death. Inspired by the writings of Henry David Thoreau, he is translating 'Civil Disobedience' into Portuguese. The action is set between 1908 and 1910, between the assassination of the Portuguese King and Prince and the creation of the Portuguese Republic, an era where anarchists who fight against the monarchy often cross the path of burglars. On a country where corruption is set, the state representatives try to rob, arrest and kill innocents. The main character faces the tyranny of the state and tries to save the rest of his family. But this is a country where nothing changes.
Director(s): Rodrigo Areias
  6 wins & 16 nominations.
90 min


Good morning.

What brings you here?

I have an urgent letter for you.


Make yourself at home.

And stay as long as you like.

Are you going somewhere?

I have to leave immediately.

Fernando Carneiro


You look like an outlaw.

I'll pass by your house tonight.

I started working at Don Fernandes' place.

And now I live there, too.

It was dangerous living here alone

with he boy.

And how is my nephew?

He's at home.

I came as soon as I heard

you were back.

Why aren't you dressed in black?

The boss doesn't want

other people's sadness in his house.

I've come back to

take you away with me.

Your brother was killed

at the Hill Reed Bed.

But where exactly?

They say it happened

over near Pimenta's land.

I'll go and fetch the sheep.

Things are getting worse all the time.

Your brother was killed by bandits.

There are ambushes in the reed beds.

It seems like most of the sheep

have been stolen.

There won't be many left for us.

I'm here to avenge my brother's death.

I have to go to work.

They'll have noticed I'm missing by now

I'll pass by later to say goodbye.

You don't have to wear those rags any more.

Your brother's clothes are over there.

Take whatever you want.

He would've liked that.

I was sad to hear that

you'd left the mission over there.

Thanks for writing to let me know.

And I'm sorry.

You were the last person

I wanted to hurt.

But I wasn't born to follow rules.

I had to breathe in my own way.

And seeing other worlds

brought with it other needs.

I just hope you don't get lost, my son.

What do you plan to do now?

I came to sort out my family's affairs.

And to take what belongs to me.

So, are you planning on taking Nomia

and the child with you?


They're my responsibility now.

Be careful, my son.

That might not be what she wants.

Is there something I should know, Father?

What are you doing here?

Fetch Fernandes for me.

Come round the back.

Go on.

Give your uncle a kiss.

Where are you going armed like that?

I'm going to find your sheep.

And the shepherd's murderer, too.

How much is the reward?

My workers are all scared.

After what happened to your brother...

I want to know where they are

and who's got them.

As soon as I heard you were back,

I knew there'd be trouble.

But I'd rather it was you

that fetched the sheep.

The only trouble I'm bringing is for you.

Just because your old man died

and now you're the Lord of the land,

it doesn't mean that

the people here are your slaves.

I see you don't plan to stick around

for too long.

When I leave I'm taking Nomia

and my nephew far away from here.

We'll see about that...

I need a horse.

A shepherd on horseback.

This I've got to see.

Rent it to me.

I'll pay you back with a week's work.

Just bear in mind that my horse

is worth much more than your twenty sheep.


Prepare him a horse.


What's going on here?

No one passes here.

Don't move a muscle.

What's your name, traveller?

Who wants to know?

Antnio Bacelo.

Captain of the Royal Guard.

At your service.

Alberto Carneiro mountain shepherd.

A shepherd?

Riding a horse?

I'm on my way

to retrieve some stolen sheep.

Then I have to tell you that

you must pay a toll.

But this route is free.


your horse grazes, does it not?

And drinks water, too.

So you have to pay.

I don't owe anything to anybody.

Besides, I plan to return this way

with a flock of sheep.

And then I will pay what's due.

Then I must inform you that

you shall not pass...

without me defending myself

against such disrespect.

Listen, I don't want any trouble.

I just want to be on my way.

According to Article 10 of Chapter 9

of "The Duelling Code",

you have the right

to choose your weapon.

Or you may use your own,

if you so wish.

Choose your weapon!

If you leave me no choice,

mine is already loaded.

You have to the right to choose

the place of combat.

Right here will do.

No. It must be on flat land.

One, two, three...

four, five, six, seven, eight...

nine, ten.

According to The Duelling Code,

when one of the participants is not killed,

but merely wounded,

he has the right to revenge.

I'm sorry, but I don't intend to kill you.

So what can I get you?

A glass of wine.

What brings you to these parts?

I'm a shepherd.

So where are your sheep then?

I'm looking for them.

Some of them were stolen

when they killed my brother.

The others have been found

and retained by the King's officers.

Where are you from?

Covas da Serra.

So you're Antnio Carneiro's son?

That's right.

I knew you when you were just a lad.

But there are so many bandits

around nowadays.

Weren't you a priest?

And I thought you went to America, too.

I was never ordained as a priest.

So now you've come back

to this damned place to get into trouble?

I had to come

and settle my brother's debt.

Apparently he was killed by a gang.

Watch what you say, son.

The walls have ears.

Unfortunately, things aren't

what they used to be.

You can't even trust the King's men now.

Yesterday I had the pleasure

of meeting Bacelo.

He wanted me to pay a toll to pass.

But he regretted it.


Things are really different nowadays.

You'll still be crossing

Pimenta's land today.

Keep your money!

And this one's on me,

in memory of your brother.

Thanks very much.

Good morning.

Good morning.

My name is Alberto Carneiro.

I've come to fetch the flock.

We've been waiting for someone

for the past few weeks.

Are these the only ones left?

These and some others

scattered about here and there.

They didn't take them all

because they can't hide them.

And things left unhidden

may soon be found.

Careful! There are things

that one would rather not find out.

The agreement is four sheep per hundred

for you, right?

That's what was agreed.

So it's ten animals then.

Nine and a half is no good to anybody.



Take the ones you want.

What I'd like to do

is come back for them tomorrow.

I'm going to try and find the rest.

It's a deal.

I've waited for this long,

I might as well wait another day, eh?

Thanks very much.

Sit down.

Come and eat with us.

You look famished.


Don't be scared.

We don't hurt hungry people.

Our issues are with the authorities.

Discontent is everywhere.

Yet the king is proclaimed

as a great saviour wherever he goes.

Dog of Hell!

We should do the same to him

as we did to his brother and father.

What are you doing around these parts?

I've been abroad for a few years.

Things were very different when I left.

Now I'm back because bandits

killed my brother. He was a shepherd.

So I'm here to settle the score.

Do you know who did it?

He was passing by Pimenta's land.

I was hoping you might know who did it.

Put it down!

It wasn't us. Put it down!

The only argument we have is with

the King and his men.

I'm sorry for having taken you for bandits.

Apologies accepted.

And don't worry, Pimenta's men

won't come anywhere near here.

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