Manoel's Destinies

Manoel's Destinies (French: Les destins de Manoel) is a 1984 French-Portuguese children's fantasy film directed by Chilean filmmaker Raúl Ruiz.[1] It was edited down from the three-part TV miniseries Manuel on the Island of Wonders (French: Manoel dans l'île des merveilles).[2]

Manoel's Destinies
Film poster
Directed byRaúl Ruiz
Produced byPaulo Branco
António Vaz da Silva
Written byRaúl Ruiz
João Botelho
Leonor Pinhão
StarringRuben de Freitas
Music byJorge Arriagada
CinematographyAcácio de Almeida
Edited byRudolfo Wedeles
Claudio Martinez
Release date
  • 1984 (1984)
Running time
130 minutes


  • Ruben de Freitas as Manoel (7yo)
  • Teresa Madruga as Manoel's Mother
  • Fernando Heitor as Manoel's Father
  • Marco Paulo de Freitas as Manoel (13yo)
  • Diogo Dória as Captain Araujo
  • Cecília Guimarães
  • Vasco Pimentel
  • José de Freitas
  • Aurélie Chazelle
  • Miguel Silva
  • Pedro M. Ruivo

Further reading

  • Goddard, Michael (2013); The Cinema of Raúl Ruiz: Impossible Cartographies. Wallflower Press, pp. 82-83.
  • Solomon, Stefan (2017); "Education, destiny, and national identity in Raúl Ruiz's Manoel on the Island of Wonders" in Stephanie Hemelryk Donald, Emma Wilson, Sarah Wright (eds.) Childhood and Nation in Contemporary World Cinema: Borders and Encounters, Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 147-159.


  1. "NY Times: Les Destins de Manoel". NY Retrieved 29 October 2009.
  2. "Manoel on the Island of Marvels (3 part TV series, France, 1985)". Rouge. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
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