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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Manoel de Oliveira, Agustina Bessa-Luis
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On DVD: Dec 24, 2002
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as Ema Cardeano Paiva

as Paulino Cardeano

as Fernando Osorio

as Fortunato

as Pedro Dossem

as Semblano

as Ritinha

as Lolota (little girl)

as Luisona (little girl...

as Melo Sister #1

as Motorcyclist

as Melo Sister #2

as Aunt Augusta
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Critic Reviews for Vale Abraão (Abraham's Valley)

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Subtle, elegant, enigmatic, this movie by the veteran Oliveira exercises a powerful grip.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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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.

Full Review… | September 18, 2004
Chicago Reader
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It mesmerizes, sometimes maddens and tests the emotional and physical reflexes.

Full Review… | September 18, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

It's both elegant and subtle, a beautifully achieved pic that has a timeless poetical quality.

Full Review… | November 9, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A great deal of screen time is devoted to the false intellectualism and forced mannerisms of dinner party conversations.

Full Review… | September 15, 2009
TV Guide's Movie Guide

When others would be retiring, Oliveira gives us movie after movie that begs to be indulged, with great affection, as the autumnal output of a codger deserving of, if not destined for, a Lifetime Achievement Oscar.

Full Review… | September 15, 2009
Boston Phoenix

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