Porto

Porto

DVD - 2018
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Jake and Mati are two expats who experience a brief but intimate connection in the ancient Portuguese city of Porto. He's an American loner exiled from his family. She's a student from France embroiled in an affair with one of her professors. After spotting each other from a distance at an archeological site and then again at a train station and a café, Jake works up the courage to approach Mati and they embark on a night of carefree intimacy.
Publisher: New York, NY : Kino Lorber, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
Branch Call Number: DVD PORTO 1DISC
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (76 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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jimg2000
Aug 10, 2018

An unlikely couple with different backgrounds and interests:

Yes. I eat healthy. I exercise.
- Yeah? Mm-hmm. How much?
I run four times a week. Quite a distance. You don't take care of yourself?
-No. I, uh... I eat anything. Okay. If it's not rude of me to ask, how old are you?
Thirty-two. How old are you?
-Twenty-six.
Oh. An older woman, younger man thing.
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Do you feel like you know me?
-Not yet.
Well, there's still time. Time hasn't run out.
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I never read Proust.
-Doesn't matter.
I... I probably never will.

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jimg2000
Aug 10, 2018

You should come more often.
-No, I'm fine in Porto. I have a nice life there. I'm happy. I mean it.
You don't look happy.
-Mom? Do you still see men?
Yes.
-The desire doesn't fade away? I'm not talking about the need for sex, but the need to be with someone.
Mmm. Yes, it's always present. We're often disappointed,
and then... you're lonely. You don't demand much at my age.
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First time was a complete accident. Second time is coincidence. And I knew I would see you at the café.
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It doesn't feel like a matter of choice.
-I agree.
I don't think that we can stop this whether we wanted to or not. The reason that this is so real... is that we're not doing it. This is happening to us.

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jimg2000
Aug 10, 2018

I don't live for my work. I'll take any job that I can get. I've done office work,temp work, restaurant work. I did farm work one time, which was exhausting.
-So, you are not ambitious, but what do you do when you are not working or picking up older women?
Um... I like to read. I like Greek epigrams. I also like to go to clubs and listen to music. Just the same... stupid, boring stuff that everybody does.
-Do you think your life's boring?
Well, I'm not going around Portugal on a university-backed degree program.
-Hmm. Well, it took me a while to get here. I know people your age who have a better degree than mine.
Why did it take you so long?
-Because I was sick.
What was...
-I was crazy for a while.

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jimg2000
Aug 10, 2018

But you could also, say, lose it, like, on a hike. You know, lose this or lose that to travel lighter, to go forward, move towards what you were meant to.
-Maybe.
But the thing is... you never know if what you've lost is... better than what you've gained.
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Losing it is as good as having it.
-What does that mean?
It's something I read in a book some time ago. About the regular kind of loss. I don't remember who wrote it, but it was saying that everything that is human is lost. But at the same time, some lost things can't be lost, are never lost.

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jimg2000
Aug 10, 2018

Proust says somewhere that... every lie lovers tell each other sooner or later becomes true.
-I never read Proust.
Doesn't matter.
-I... I probably never will.
Never say never. I have to read him again, when I'm 50. I was probably too young.
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lying comes fairly easily to me.
-Really?
Yeah, it's a form of self-defense. When you're crazy, you learn how to deal with the utter dishonesty of the way people deal with crazy people.
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Let's do it like a couple in their 80s... who have been together for 40 years.
- I like that.

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jimg2000
Aug 10, 2018

From "Double Play:

I think often that the most interesting view out a train is the back window. You go to the very back car 'cause you can see a full 180 view out the back. It's something kind of poetic as you leave. You can't really see out the front of the train. That's not really possible, 'cause it's the engines and conductors and all that. But the back is yours, and that's interesting, 'cause it's what's behind you now.
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All of life is just memory. The present, if you have a timeline, and you look at the present, it's a point. And everything on this side of it is the future, and that side's the past. And a point does not have dimension. So. the present doesn't have any time.
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I grew up in Milwaukee in the '50s, and it was a time when parents didn't worry about their kids being outside, and you could just go, and as long as you didn't get into trouble, you could keep going.

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jimg2000
Aug 10, 2018

An artsy romantic "what could have been" drama between a man and woman with very different interests and backgrounds. The film was shown in 3 parts that events sometimes intertwined in time. Part 1 was about the male character, an American drifter played by Anton Yelchin, who came across as a creepy stalker looking for female companionship in Porto. Part 2 told of a beautiful but self-proclaimed crazy French archaeology student, played by Lucie Lucas, raising a small daughter with her estranged husband. Part 3, the longest segment of the film, about 30 minutes, showed, once upon a time, the pair had hooked up for an erotic one night stand. A decent dreamy tale to look back on our own brief encounters in prior lives, not unlike what was said in the early narrative of Klinger’s 2013 documentary “Double Play” in “Extras,” that “All of life is just memory…” and “I think often that the most interesting view out a train is the back window. You go to the very back car 'cause you can see a full 180 view out the back. It's something kind of poetic as you leave.” More in “Quotes.”

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BritCrimeDramaFan
May 17, 2018

Despite sometimes confusing, non-linear plot, I enjoyed this romantic film with the late Anton Yelchin and French tv actress Lucie Lucas. There are moments of brilliance, and the Portuguese city of Porto serves as a unique backdrop. One can't help imagining what brilliant success Yelchin might have accomplished, had he not died suddenly in a car accident.

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