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Eccentricities of a Blonde-haired Girl (Singularidades de uma Rapariga Loura) (2010)

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The unstoppable Manoel de Oliveira - 101-years-old but producing films at a pace few filmmakers of any age could rival - returns to Anthology with this spare, deceptively simple, disarmingly pleasurable, and finely-wrought gem, an adaptation of a story by the great early-modernist Portuguese author Eça de Queiróz. Opening on a train, where a visibly distraught man, Macário, begins to unburden himself to the woman in the seat next to him, the film tells the story of Macário's infatuation with a young blond woman he spies through an apartment window. Devoting himself to winning her, in the face of obstacles financial, familial, and practical, he finally achieves his goal, only to discover an unexpected "singularity" of his fiancée's character. A tragicomedy of manners, ECCENTRICITIES is at once genuinely classical and rigorously modern, with the balance, pacing, and control of a perfectly-crafted short story.-- (C) Anthologymore
Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Comedy
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Written By: Eça de Quirós, Manoel de Oliveira
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On DVD: Sep 21, 2010
Runtime:
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Cast

Ricardo Trepa
as Macário
Catarina Wallenstein
as Luisa Vilaça
Diogo Dória
as Oncle Macário
Júlia Buisel
as Dona Vilaça
Leonor Silveira
as Woman on Train
Filipe Vargas
as The Friend
Rogério Samora
as Chapéu de Palha
Miguel Seabra
as Notário
Luís Lima Barreto
as Desembargador
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Critic Reviews for Eccentricities of a Blonde-haired Girl (Singularidades de uma Rapariga Loura)

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (4)

Exquisite but peculiar.

Full Review… | August 6, 2010
New York Times
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Sly, understated and ruthlessly focused, the functional yet elegant photography by Sabine Lancelin enhances the film's ironic kick.

Full Review… | August 5, 2010
Time Out
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In De Oliveira's world, time and space are infinitely malleable -- the past is present and the present past.

Full Review… | August 4, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

Though Loos downplayed her talent, later mock-sulking that her "infantile cruelty" kept her from being a "real novelist," the superficial Blonde she begat is profound.

Full Review… | August 3, 2010
Village Voice
Top Critic

Even at a pleasant 64 minutes, it savors classical beauties, reaches tremendous depths and comes in with a satisfying bite.

Full Review… | January 4, 2011
Combustible Celluloid

Labored romance, mainly notable for the lovely scenes showing Lisbon music, poetry and culture history.

Full Review… | January 2, 2011
Classic Film and Television

Audience Reviews for Eccentricities of a Blonde-haired Girl (Singularidades de uma Rapariga Loura)

Oliveira, who was then over a hundred years old, crafts this interesting sixty-minute adaptation of a short story by the 19th-century Portuguese writer Eça de Queirós - an intriguing narrative that brings to mind the surreal style of Luis Buñuel.

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