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Backlight (2010) Movie Poster
Portugal / USA  •    •  90m  •    •  Directed by: Fernando Fragata.  •  Starring: Joaquim de Almeida, Michelle Mania, Skyler Day, Scott Bailey, Joseph Hagler, Evelina Pereira, Donovan Scott, Ana Cristina de Oliveira, Jeff Swarthout, Renee Ainsworth, James LaGrappe, Caitlin Carmichael, Catherine Carmichael.  •  Music by: Nuno Malo.
     Several characters who are each at critical stages of their lives are strangely impelled towards an uncharted lake in the middle of the desert where they all have the opportunity to save each other.


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Image from: Backlight (2010)
Image from: Backlight (2010)
Image from: Backlight (2010)
Image from: Backlight (2010)
Image from: Backlight (2010)
It's of no surprise that Fernando Fragata's Backlight made the list of the Top 10 most profitable Portuguese films by the Portuguese Film Institute. Backlight is without a doubt a great film. It also turned out to be a very controversial film, simply because not a lot of films like this come out of Portugal. Despite the fact that the film was shot entirely in the USA and is in English Language, it's still a Portuguese film, because the writerdirectorproducer Fernando Fragata is Portuguese.

I have seen many films with interlocking stories and about a lot of different people and their lives, but rarely we find it as emotional and well-made as this. The plot was iffy to me at first, but after the first 10 minutes I got really into it. Backlight really surprised me in the way that actually none of the characters know each other at first. The screenplay was very clever to just have like a glimpse into these people's lives. I thought it made the story unpredictable, and when the heavy parts come, you are really into it and I found myself totally absorbed. The characters are very fleshed out making you invest emotionally in each one with no effort.

The performances all around were brilliant, but to me the stand-out was Skyler Day. I thought her story was the strongest, weirdest and sometimes funniest at the same time, and it was really well written. I thought her acting was phenomenal, and I think she is predestined to have a successful career. Joaquim de Almeida and Scott Bailey were very good too, in a more subtle way. I thought the direction and cinematography was phenomenal. The grand finale has one of the most amazing and beautiful slow-motion sequences in cinema history.

Review by ihaveadelorean from the Internet Movie Database.