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Patrick, victim and monster
Thursday, September 26th, 2019

Child abuse usually leads to serious emotional problems that, if not treated properly, leave sequels that are difficult to cope with. This is what happens to the main character in Gonçalo Waddington’s film. In the director’s opinion, “Patrick does have an idea of what is right and wrong, but it’s different for him because of the trauma that he suffered. If my film makes the audience reflect on moral issues, it means I have achieved what I aimed for. I don’t want to give a moral lesson, but I do want people to think about moral issues.”

According to Teresa Sobral (who plays Patrick’s mother), “he thinks that he has turned into a monster; someone who can’t tell the difference between good and evil. It’s difficult for him to handle this, because they thought that he was dead and he comes back transformed into someone who is utterly shattered inside.”

As for the search for the actor and the construction of the character, Waddington pointed out that they wanted to try and find someone who was fluent in French and Portuguese, and that when he came across Fernandes, “I realized that he was very aloof, he didn’t look me straight in the eyes. It was just because he was nervous, but the way that he looked at people was just what I was after.” 

 

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