Vale Abraão (Abraham's Valley) (1993)
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Movie InfoIn 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 continue having affairs and exploring this mysterious ability of hers. Eventually she seeks to transcend her unusual limitation and accomplishes her death with astonishing serenity. This haunting story is based on a novel by Agustina Bessa-Luis. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Vale Abraão (Abraham's Valley)
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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