Black & white still from the film CHANGE OF LIFE, featuring a woman in a plaid shirt and with dark hair holding a man with dark hair who is turned away from the camera.

Change of Life

Order a virtual screening of Change of Life!

You can order a virtual screening of Change of Life for only $9.99, after which you’ll have 3 days to watch the film in an online screening room created just for patrons of the JBFC.

With each screening of Change of Life purchased during this period, you’ll provide much-needed support to both the JBFC and Grasshopper Films—who will evenly split the revenue—as we work together to continue bringing our audiences exciting new and repertory releases.

Any questions? Check out our Virtual Screening Room FAQ.

About Change of Life:

1966. 94 m. Paulo Rocha. Grasshopper Films. Portugal. Portuguese w/ subtitles.

Paulo Rocha’s haunting second feature Change of Life tells the beautiful and deeply felt story of a young man, a veteran from the war in Angola, who returns home to his remote fishing village to discover that his former sweetheart is now married to his brother. Inspired by his work with Manoel de Oliveira, Rocha “cast” the local villagers as themselves alongside experienced actors led by the great Isabel Ruth, who would go on to become an Oliveira regular and an iconic presence in Pedro Costa’s Ossos. The poetry of the local vernacular is captured in the textured dialogue written by fellow Portuguese filmmaker Antonio Reis, who met Rocha through Oliveira. The film was a critical and commercial success upon release, though it would effectively be the last film Rocha made for nearly two decades.

New Digital Restoration by the Portuguese Cinematheque, supervised by Pedro Costa.

Starting 8/14, order a virtual screening of Change of Life!

  • To take advantage of this screening option, you will follow this link to Grasshopper’s site. You will first need to register on this site with your own personal login details (you will not have access through your existing JBFC account). It’s very easy! You will enter your name and email address and set a password. Signing up is totally free.
  • This film can be viewed on any computer, laptop, iPad, Chromebook, or other mobile device.
  • IMPORTANT: The only way to watch this film on a television is to mirror or cast from one of the above devices to your television, or connect your laptop/device directly to an input on your television via HDMI or VGA cables.
  • Please feel free to reach out to JBFC support for non-streaming questions at
  • Please note that we are unable to offer member prices.

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