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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

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

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It mesmerizes, sometimes maddens and tests the emotional and physical reflexes.

September 18, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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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.

September 18, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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It's both elegant and subtle, a beautifully achieved pic that has a timeless poetical quality.

November 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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A great deal of screen time is devoted to the false intellectualism and forced mannerisms of dinner party conversations.

September 15, 2009 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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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.

September 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
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