Synopsis by Mark Deming
Three young people are forced to examine their personal and political ideals in this drama. In 1975, Victor (Andoni Gracia) is a young man in his early twenties; while he and his family are originally from Portugal, they emigrated to Paris when Victor's parents decided they could no longer tolerate the nation's Fascist rule. When Socialist factions overthrow Portugal's Fascist government, Victor is eager to celebrate the new freedoms in his homeland, convincing his close friend Marco (Adriano Giannini) to join him for a road trip to Lisbon. Tagging along for the ride is Claire (Gwenaelle Simon), Victor's former girlfriend, who is now married but still hangs out with him. As the three cover the miles to Lisbon in a beat-up Citroen 2CV, boredom leads to tension and anxiety among the three, which isn't eased when Victor discovers Marco once seduced Claire during the time they were still involved. Victor, Marco, and Claire eventually make it to Lisbon, where they meet up with Victor's Uncle Enrique (Francisco Rabal), but the visitors discover the fall of fascism hasn't brought the overnight changes they expected. Alla Rivoluzione Sulla Due Cavalli won the Golden Leopard award at the 2001 Locarno Film Festival.