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) Anthology … More
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Critic Reviews for Eccentricities of a Blonde-haired Girl (Singularidades de uma Rapariga Loura)
Sly, understated and ruthlessly focused, the functional yet elegant photography by Sabine Lancelin enhances the film's ironic kick.
In De Oliveira's world, time and space are infinitely malleable -- the past is present and the present past.
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.
Even at a pleasant 64 minutes, it savors classical beauties, reaches tremendous depths and comes in with a satisfying bite.
Labored romance, mainly notable for the lovely scenes showing Lisbon music, poetry and culture history.
... a perfectly executed short story, slight yet delightfully told with minimalist direction and imagery and a very European sensibility.
A mesmerizing, charming and disturbing morality tale of doomed love.
A curious, elliptical little film about people cocooned in their own romantic notions: at barely over an hour, the lethargic pace is easy to live with.
This is not one of Oliveira's most memorable works but it still provides a lesson in unobtrusive but pointed film-making.
Contrasting elegant surfaces and heartfelt feelings, it's an enigmatic gem -- and at 64 mins, truly succinct.
This mesmerizing little tale is mysterious but straightforward enough to win over any audience.
The ending comes like a sharp punchline -- a warning, or perhaps a reassurance, that even when you get to the age of 100, life is no less mysterious.
A romantic drama and morality tale delivered with simple clarity and clout by the immensely gifted Portuguese filmmaker Manoel de Oliveria.
Its clever-clever, self-reflexive narrative stylings won't be to everyone's taste, but as beautifully packaged, multi-layered musings on the nature of love and art go, this takes some beating.
Don't anyone tell or remind de Oliveira, please, that he is too old to be alive, never mind to be making miniaturist masterworks.
Audience Reviews for Eccentricities of a Blonde-haired Girl (Singularidades de uma Rapariga Loura)
A disjointed, rather odd and slightly absurd film but visually rich and hypnotically mysterious. The film is based on a moral yarn from 19th-century writer Eça de Queiroz and so Oliveira's minimlist, almost detached approach works rather well. At 101 years old at the time of direction, Oliveira has lost none of his flare, in fact, he just gets better and better. It's delightful and puzzling at the same time, knowingly satirical in places and a joy to watch.
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