Artistic Differences: Under a Roof

The Movement of Things

O Movimento das Coisas

1985 — 89' / Color



The daily routines of three families in a small village in northern Portugal: Women tell each other stories and prepare food, a father cuts down a tree while his children watch him, and young Isabel looks to the future. A quiet film, told with restraint, about the passing of time, about silence and life, in which at first glance changes only gently announce themselves. In 1985, the film celebrated its world premiere in Mannheim, where it won a Filmdukat. This extraordinary work has now been restored. "Of all the singularities of Portuguese cinema, this film is one of the most singular of all."

Director Biography

Manuela Serra studied film at the Institut des Arts et Diffusion in Brussels, worked as an assistant editor and co-founded the film cooperative Virver. Between 1979 and 1985, she made her first and to date only film as a director ›O Movimento Das Coisas‹.

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