Vale Abraão (Abraham's Valley) (1993)
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In this artful film by 85-year old director Manoel de Oliveira, the heroine, instead of being powerless in the face of a world ruled by men, finds herself to be far too powerful. Beginning when she was a child, Ema (Leonor Silveira as an adult) had the kind of looks and manner that could stop cars when she came up to a street -- or cause accidents. As time goes by, she explores her power over men and, as a mature woman, chooses to marry a man who has virtually no machismo so that she can
Jan 1, 1993 Wide
Dec 24, 2002
Ema Cardeano Paiva
Luís Miguel Cintra
Ruy de Carvalho
Isabel de Castro
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Subtle, elegant, enigmatic, this movie by the veteran Oliveira exercises a powerful grip.
It mesmerizes, sometimes maddens and tests the emotional and physical reflexes.
This beautifully shot, slow-moving, talky meditation on a life of leisure led by an adulterous woman differs most radically from Flaubert's novel in its indifference to the middle class.
It's both elegant and subtle, a beautifully achieved pic that has a timeless poetical quality.
A great deal of screen time is devoted to the false intellectualism and forced mannerisms of dinner party conversations.
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