João Canijo

Portugal 139 min Fiction


Márcia is a single mother with two grown-up children, who works as a cook and shares her home in a social housing estate with her sister Ivete, a hairdresser. One day, Claudia, her daughter, a student nurse, who also works as a supermarket cashier, tells her that she has fallen in love with a married man that is much older than her. When Márcia finds out who he is, she realises that the relationship poses a terrible threat to her family… The film is about unconditional love, and about the lengths women are prepared to go to in order to protect the ones they love.


João Canijo

Before debuting with Three Less Me he worked as an assistant director for filmmakers such as Wim Wenders and Werner Schroeter. His cinema, naturalist and always dynamic and satirical, has achieved international recognition thanks to works such as Blood of My Blood (D’A 2012), FIPRESCI award in San Sebastián and Portuguese representative at the Oscars, or the diptych Living Bad y Bad Living, which received the Special Jury Prize in Berlin.

Filmography: Bad Living (2023, D'A 2024), Living Bad (2023, D'A 2024), Fojos (2020), Diário das Beiras (2017), Fátima (2017), O Dia do Meu Casamento (short film, 2016), Portugal - Um Dia de Cada Vez (2015), É o Amor (2013), Obrigação (2012), Raul Brandão Era Um Grande Escritor... (short film, 2012), Blood of My Blood (2011, D'A 2012), The Actor's Work (2011), Lusitanian Illusion (2010), Misbegotten (2007), Mãe Há Só Uma (short film, 2006), In the Darkness of the Night (2004), Get a Life (2000), Black Shoes (1998), Lovely Child (1989), Three Less Me (1988), A Meio Amor (short film, 1984)

João Canijo

Film information

Original Title: Blood of My Blood
Director: João Canijo
Script: João Canijo
Contact: Midas Filmes
With: Rafel Morais, Nuno Lopes, Rita Blanco, Beatriz Batarda, Fernando Luís
Country: Portugal
Year: 2011
Format: Digital
Length: 139 min
Language: Portuguese
Subtitles: Spanish
Edition: 2012