Directed by Manuela Viegas. With Jean Christophe Bouvet, Francisco Relvas, Raquel Marques
Portugal/France/Spain 1999, 35mm, color, 110 min. Portuguese with English subtitles
The first and only feature film to date by influential editor Manuela Viegas (Costa's O Sangue, João Cesar Monteiro's Silvestre) is a stylish coming of age tale and a moving portrait of the slow death of a rural Portuguese town. Co-written by Viegas and Joaquim Saphino, Glória is a nuanced exploration of first love's dangerous exhilaration, awakened in the eponymous thirteen-year-old by the release from prison and homecoming of the stationmaster's older and enigmatic son.