Abraham's Valley


Abraham's Valley

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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 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


Ruy de Carvalho
as Paulino Cardeano
Luís Lima Barreto
as Pedro Luminares
Diogo Dória
as Fernando Osorio
Jose Pinto
as Caires
Filipe Cochofel
as Fortunato
Felipe Cochofel
as Fortunato
Joao Perry
as Pedro Dossem
Glória de Matos
as Maria do Loreto
António Reis
as Semblanco
Isabel Ruth
as Ritinha
Dina Treno
as Branca
Isabel de Castro
as Melo Sister #1
Miguel Guilherme
as Motorcyclist
Sofia Alves
as Lolota (little girl)
Júlia Buisel
as Melo Sister #2
Beatriz Batarda
as Luisona (little girl) (also young Ema's voice)
Laura Soveral
as Aunt Augusta
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Critic Reviews for Abraham's Valley

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

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

    Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…

    Wally Hammond

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Sep 18, 2004 | Full Review…
  • It mesmerizes, sometimes maddens and tests the emotional and physical reflexes.

    Sep 18, 2004 | Rating: 4.5/5
  • It's both elegant and subtle, a beautifully achieved pic that has a timeless poetical quality.

    Nov 9, 2010 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • A great deal of screen time is devoted to the false intellectualism and forced mannerisms of dinner party conversations.

    Sep 15, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Sep 15, 2009 | Full Review…

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