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 obsession. Sergio stalks him, eventually donning bondage gear and making the motorcyclist his… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 29%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Charles Ealy, Dallas Morning News
"Despite a couple of memorable scenes, it's boring when it's not kinky."
‑ Ellen Fox, Chicago Tribune
"The performance of Ricardo Menese (as Sergei) is outstanding"
‑ Rhett Bartlett, Dial M For Movies
"Like the central figure, the structurelessness of plot and direction, lead directly into obscurity."
‑ Greg Muskewitz, eFilmCritic.com
"Although purportedly a study in modern alienation, it's really little more than a particularly slanted, gay s/m fantasy, enervating and deadeningly drawn-out."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Often looks like explicit gay pornography thinly disguised as high art."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"O Fantasma is boldly, confidently orchestrated, aesthetically and sexually, and its impact is deeply and rightly disturbing."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"There's this gay garbageman who roams the city at night in a black rubber catsuit and searches out dangerous anonymous sexual encounters. Would you care to invest?"
‑ Don Willmott, Filmcritic.com
"It extends the writings of Jean Genet and John Rechy, the films of Fassbinder, perhaps even the nocturnal works of Goya."
‑ David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune
"While the transgressive trappings (especially the frank sex scenes) ensure that the film is never dull, Rodrigues's beast-within metaphor is ultimately rather silly and overwrought, making the ambiguous ending seem goofy rather than provocative."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The gay audience you'd expect the movie to pander to will likely be dismayed by its depraved view of homosexuality."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"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."
‑ Chuck Wilson, L.A. Weekly
"The film may be provocative, but it's also maddening... In the end, the audience is left with a great big WHY?"
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone, TheMovieChicks.com
"This odd, distant Portuguese import more or less borrows from Bad Lieutenant and Les Vampires, and comes up with a kind of art-house gay porn film."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The most audacious, outrageous, sexually explicit, psychologically probing, pure libido film of the year has arrived from Portugal."
‑ Brandon Judell, PopcornQ
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