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The Heart's Root (A Raiz do Coração)

Rating:No Rating
Genre:Drama
Release Date:January 1, 2001
Running time:114 minutes
Cast:Luís Miguel Cintra, Joana Bárcia, Isabel Ruth, Melvil Poupaud
Director:Paulo Rocha
Writer:Raquel Freire, Regina Guimarães

Description: Ebullient drag queens do battle with repressive police in The Heart's Root, a fantastical film set in Lisbon. The city's protector, Saint Anthony, is the patron saint of lovers and also the inspiration behind the brides of St. Anthony, a group of transvestites that dances through the city's streets in the name of freedom and liberation. They are threatened by Cato (Luis Miguel Cintra), a self-serving mayoral candidate who pines in unrequited love for Silvia (Joana Barcia), a friend of the aforementioned transvestites and protege of the formidable madam of one of Lisbon's brothels. Meditations on pornography, religion, fascism, and sex abound.~ Rebecca Flint Marx, All Movie Guide

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