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Original Title: Pára-me de repente o pensamento

Director: Jorge Pelicano

Documentary | 2014 | 111min | Portugal

Portuguese with English subtitles



A cup of coffee, a cigarette. A coin, another cup of coffee. Patients roam the halls.

They walk alone. Waiting. Another smoke, a burning cigarette. Therapies that appeal to the senses. Routines that pull them back to reality. It’s life repeating itself at psychiatric hospital spaces’. Lucidity and madness live together.

From the outside world comes an actor in search of his character for a theatre play, diving into the inner world of schizophrenia. Patients are part of the creation of the character. Amidst the haze, the actor finds a poem by Ângelo de Lima, an alienated. The theatre character is born. Cinema documents it.




Grand Festival Award, Caminhos do Cinema Português Festival, 2014

Audience Award, Caminhos do Cinema Português Festival, 2014

Best Director Award, Caminhos do Cinema Português Festival, 2014

Signes award, International Festival Siges de Nuit, Paris, 2014

Cinéma Signes de Nuit Festival

18th International Documentary Film Festival OFF CINEMA

Caminhos do Cinema Português

DOK Leipzig’14