The Cannibals (1988)

11/10/1988 (PT) DramaFantasy 1h 35m
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A drama following stories of characters from the Portuguese High Society.


This odd film is a major representative of an even odder film genre: direct-to-celluloid opera. It was commissioned by the Portuguese master of style, director Manoel de Oliveira from composer João Paes. Musically, it ranges from 19th-century romanticism to popular, modernist and even "post-modernist" styles. In the initially tame story, a host-narrator tells the story of a wedding between the two lovebirds: Viscount d'Aveleda and the beautiful Marguerite. However, what happens in the bridal chamber is incredibly bizarre. The events after that are even stranger, and the wedding guests and family indulge in cannibalism, among other perversions.

  1. Manoel de Oliveira

    Director, Screenplay

  2. João Paes


Top Billed Cast

  1. Luís Miguel Cintra

    Luís Miguel Cintra

    Viscount d'Aveleda

  2. Leonor Silveira

    Leonor Silveira


  3. Diogo Dória

    Diogo Dória

    Don João

  4. Oliveira Lopes

    The Presenter (lago)

  5. Pedro T. da Silva


  6. Joel Costa

    Urbano Solar

  7. Rogério Samora

    Rogério Samora


  8. Rogério Vieira

    The Magistrate

  9. António Loja Neves

    The Baron

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The Cannibals
The Cannibals

Original Title Os Canibais

Status Released

Original Language Portuguese

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