52nd edition

A Caixa

Fortnight 1994, Feature film, 1 h 36


The film “A Caixa” is a parable-like adaptation of Prista Monteiro’s play. The action concentrate on the stairs of a deprived neighborhood and recounts the final mishap of an old blind man, who was already once stolen his casket – his official working tool. His daughter, overwhelmed by houseold chores, exhausts herself ironing linen for customers. Her own man, a workless outcast – like his friends – lives off the blind man’s casket and his wife’s work. Friends and neighbors are all envious of the old man’s casket, now stolen for the second time. The affair sparks off a violent dispute which turns into a tragedy. By irony of fate, it will eventually free the young woman from the family burden, and…


  • Beatriz Batarda
  • Diogo Doria
  • Felipe Cochofel
  • Glicinia Quartin
  • Isabel Ruth
  • Luis Miguel Cintra
  • Ruy de Carvalho
  • Sofia Alves


Manoel de Oliveira, d’après la pièce de Prista Monteiro

Mario Barroso

Jean Paul Mugel, Jean-François Auger

Manoel de Oliveira, Valérie Loiseleux

Set decoration
Isabel Branco


Production : Madragoa Filmes, Lisbone, Portugal Vente à l’étranger : Mercure Distribution, Paris, France

Title in Original Version : La Cassette