Mal

An aptly titled Portuguese feature (1999) that strains for an Altman-esque mosaic. Its most interesting plotline involves an Irish do-gooder who discovers that her Portuguese husband is a chronic philanderer, expels him from their home, and takes in a teenage junkie who robbed her earlier. Unfortunately director Alberto Seixas Santos seldom supplies any narrative context, making the characters' actions unintelligible and their consequences almost meaningless. Though each story seems headed toward disaster, the apocalyptic ending is almost laughably unconvincing. In Portuguese with subtitles. 65 min.

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