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Cidade Rabat
Institute of Contemporary Arts
Cidade Rabat, dir. Susana Nobre, Portugal, France 2023, Portuguese with English subtitles, 101 min.

Helena is 40 and has spent the last two years trying to juggle work and family life with taking care of her mother, who has just died. Helena has a twelve-old daughter called Maria, who spends alternate weeks with her mother and father. Helena has been working as a film producer and feels stifled by the bureaucracy that her job entails. After her mother dies, Helena is struck by a feeling of orphanhood, gloomed by the morbid environment that has enveloped her lately. That gaze touched by the world’s misery and sadness, and the fact that she is halfway between the beginning and the end of life, awaken Helena to a second youth.

The latest film from Portuguese filmmaker Susana Nobre is a laconic comedy of daily life that effortlessly combines humour and melancholy in its exploration of grief.

Cidade Rabat is a ICA CINEMA Distribution project.
 
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