Magic Mirror

2005

Magic Mirror

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Average Rating: 3.9/5

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Adapted from author Agustina Bessa-Luis' novel The Soul of the Righ, writer/director Manoel de Oliveira's Magic Mirror travels deep into the restless psyche of a well-to-do woman who longs to experience a divine vision. Previously imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit, Luciano (Ricardo Trepa) emerges into the real world in desperate need of a sense of direction. Luciano is haunted by the death of his sister Camila, though he does his best to stay distracted from family ghosts by going to work at the manor house of malcontent rich woman Alfreda (Leonor Silveira). Married to the much older Bahia (Duarte de Almeida), Alfreda has no children and spends much of her time discussing religious issues with eccentric Bible scholar Herschel (Michel Piccoli). When man-in-waiting Luciano fails to convince Alfreda that her fixation on the Virgin Mary is merely a delusion brought about by mental malaise, he subsequently hires local girl Filipe (Luis Miguel Cintra) to pose as the Madonna as part of an elaborate, but obscure, ruse.

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Critic Reviews for Magic Mirror

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A droll comedy about the impossibility of shaking the burdens of your dreams and obligations.

May 25, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Based on a novel by Augustina Bessa- Luís, a frequent de Oliveira collaborator, the film is perversely textual, an endlessly talking picture seemingly addressed to no one but itself.

May 23, 2007 | Full Review…

Oliveira's touch is sure and the result is an atmospheric piece of work that lingers in the mind.

Oct 12, 2005

Shows little interest in making sense.

Oct 12, 2005
Variety
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If you have never loved de Oliveira, this film will be a hard sell, even though it is more lyrical than most of his previous work.

Oct 12, 2005 | Full Review…

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