The Territory (Portuguese: O Território) is a 1981 Portuguese philosophical horror film directed by Chilean filmmaker Raúl Ruiz about two American families who resort to cannibalism shortly after getting lost on a camping trip in the South of France. The film, about the animalistic nature of humans when they disregard their "civilized" instincts, obliquely addresses themes of "exile and crossing boundaries: of language, nation and morality".
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Raúl Ruiz|
|Produced by||Paulo Branco|
|Written by||Raúl Ruiz|
Paul Getty Jr.
|Music by||Jorge Arriagada|
Acácio de Almeida
|Edited by||Claudio Martinez|
|Distributed by||International Film Circuit (United States)|
- Isabelle Weingarten as Françoise, Jim's partner
- Rebecca Pauly as Barbara, Peter's partner
- Geoffrey Carey as Peter, Barbara's partner
- Jeffrey Kime as Jim, Françoise's partner
- Paul Getty Jr. as Guide, uncle to Linda's daughter
- Shila Turna as Linda
- Artur Semedo as Indefinite man
- Camila Mora as Young girl
- Ethan Stone as Young boy, Françoise's son
- José Nascimento as Prawler
- Duarte de Almeida as Indefinite man's friend, found in the territory as a man lost for much longer than them
- Rita Nascimento as Linda's daughter
The circumstances in which the film was produced, and the extent of Corman's involvement, are somewhat mysterious, co-writer Adair claiming that the film was made under “‘hair-rasing’ conditions" in Sintra. The production's budgetary difficulties inspired New German Cinema director Wim Wenders to make the Golden Lion-winning The State of Things (1982) with much of the same cast and crew.
Stephen Holden from The New York Times called it "an odd little art film that has the feel of a European version of an episode of The Twilight Zone." Dennis Schwartz of Ozus' World Movie Reviews awarded the film a grade B+, calling it "Deliciously subversive".
- "Movie Review - - Review/Film; Having Mother For Dinner - NYTimes.com". www.nytimes.com. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
- Goddard, Michael (2013). The Cinema of Raúl Ruiz: Impossible Cartogrophies. Wallflower Press. p. 65.
- Schwartz, Dennis. "The Territory". Sover.net. Dennis Schwartz. Retrieved 2 October 2018.