O Fantasma (2001)

O Fantasma

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Shot almost entirely at night, O Fantasma chronicles a young trash collector's descent into a world of increasingly bizarre sexual encounters. Sergio (Ricardo Meneses) spends his days living in a run-down rented room, engaging in anonymous sex and trying to rebuff the advances of his co-worker Fatima (Beatriz Torcato). Unfulfilled by his daily sexcapades, Sergio finally gets turned on by a Tom of Finland-esque motorcyclist (Andre Barbosa), whose physical beauty becomes the source of Sergio's … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Jose Neves, Paulo Rebelo, Alexandre Melo, Joćo Pedro Rodrigues
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 4, 2003
Runtime:

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as Policeman 1

as Man with the Doberma...

as Boy in the Toilet

as Hostel Boy

as Joao's Mother

as Policeman 2
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Critic Reviews for O Fantasma

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (10)

It's clear that director Rodrigues has a future as a provocateur. But you may want to decide whether to spend an evening being provoked -- and possibly perplexed. Not that there's anything wrong with that, of course.

Full Review… | October 23, 2003
Dallas Morning News
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Often looks like explicit gay pornography thinly disguised as high art.

Full Review… | September 26, 2003
Denver Post
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The gay audience you'd expect the movie to pander to will likely be dismayed by its depraved view of homosexuality.

September 11, 2003
Detroit Free Press
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Despite a couple of memorable scenes, it's boring when it's not kinky.

Full Review… | July 31, 2003
Chicago Tribune
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O Fantasma is boldly, confidently orchestrated, aesthetically and sexually, and its impact is deeply and rightly disturbing.

Full Review… | February 13, 2003
Los Angeles Times
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First-time director Joćo Pedro Rodrigues' unwillingness to define his hero's background or motivations becomes more and more frustrating as the film goes on.

Full Review… | February 12, 2003
L.A. Weekly
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Audience Reviews for O Fantasma

My Logline: A Dirty Little Slut with a Forbidden Big Crush. A great art house portrait of loneliness, squalor, and sexual desire. Great anonymous sex scenes and some truly great erotic cinematography very partial to the callipygian lead. (I'd recommend a jerk before you watch this if you're ten percent the horndog that this main character is). There is very little dialogue but swimming pools of unspoken communication, tense as a hard-on and spread like petroleum jelly. The grungy filth is there though; this character is a garbage worker living in the streets, garbage warehouse, and rented rooms who steals from garbage bins for masturbatory articles of clothing and sneaks about his obsession's property. Don't read past the spoiler if you want to watch this. The problem with this film is the ambiguity of the pivotal point which causes the ending of the final act. It's not the (chronologically) non-linear editing of the scenes that bothers me, but the story; BIG SPOILER - I dislike the options of scenarios that are offered regarding the outcome of the capture and rape. Problem: in one scenario (the first scene actually) the guy is lovin Sergio pounding him in the kinky gear (when I first saw it, I didn't know it was non-consensual; I thought it was just some fetish stuff as both parties looked to be having intense pleasure.). In the other, Sergio just drags the guy out to street and leaves him somewhere, the only bit of action being Sergio dry humping him (without the zipper on the latex suit open) whilst securing his bonds. I want to know if Sergio degrades into the animalistic swine he is at the conclusion of the film because he has totally fulfilled his fantasy or he's completely pitifully failed at his attempt. Maybe the point is that both would lead to the ending's savage lack of humanity and loss of identity; that's pretty common of art house, but had I wrote it, I would have definitively picked one and explored THAT subsequent theory instead. Me myself, would be better that he got the more glorified version and fell into such utter despair that he no longer needs to function as a human so reverts to a primordial state, no longer able to exist in the human context, as opposed to failing at such a thing, stooping so low and doing something so primal, causes a human to lose their humanity (this answer is just flatter and more common sense as opposed to revealing like my choice).ADDED NOTE NON-SPOILERmovie is loaded with sexually explicit scenes, plenty of nudity - lots of cok and arse, with some hot sucking and unusual masturbation.

"So Fucked Up" highlight: digging through trash for masturbatory material and then using it in combo with some auto-erotic asphyxiation

Stinger839
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What the F is this film all about, I understand it's an art house film, but to me it seems like a soft core porn. (Due to the excessive nudity and sex scenes minus dialogue) Sex is well explored in the film, but it could have been done better.

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

Super Reviewer

I was initially intrigued by the description of this movie, not realizing that the description was about half as long as the script. Not enough hot gay sex to be pornographic and not enough story to be an entertainment, this is basically the story about a trash collector who fucks anything that moves and acts like a dog. If that sounds appealing to you, go for it. I found it the cinematic equivalent of watching paint dry. I will say this, the film has some pretty good cinematography, for what that's worth.

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