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

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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

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

  • Jul 29, 2010
    Oliveira, who was over a hundred years old when he made this film, crafts an interesting sixty-minute adaptation of a short story written by the 19th-century Portuguese writer Eça de Queirós, with an intriguing narrative that brings to mind the surreal style of Luis Buñuel.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 21, 2009
    Odd trifle of a film (clocking in at right at an hour long), about a young accountant who makes it his mission to meet and marry the enigmatic young woman he sees every day in the window across the street. Stylistically stilted but oddly compelling, "Eccentricities of a Blonde Haired Girl" is an unusual animal, but not completely worth dismissing.
    Matthew L Super Reviewer

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