Tabu

2012

Tabu

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Acclaimed director Miguel Gomes returns with a sumptuous, eccentric two-part tale centered on Aurora, shown first as an impulsive, cantankerous elderly woman in present-day Lisbon. When Aurora is hospitalized, she sends her neighbor, Pilar, to pass word of her grave condition to Gian Luca, a man of which no one has ever heard her speak. Pilar's quest to fulfill her friend's wish transports us to Africa fifty years earlier, before the start of the Portuguese Colonial War. We see Aurora again, this time as the gorgeous, smoldering wife of a wealthy young farmer, involved in a forbidden love affair with Gian Luca, her husband's best friend. Their moving, poetic tale is conveyed through the older Gian Luca's suave voiceover, combined with the lush, melodious sounds of its heady, tropical setting, peppered with a soundtrack of Phil Spector songs. -- (C) Official Site

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  • It takes a while to get to the meat of the movie, but it's well worth the wait.

    Apr 5, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • It almost seems a parody of willfully obscure art-house fare. Yet it has an undertow that sucks you in as often as it strands you back on shore.

    Feb 14, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
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  • A kind of jigsaw puzzle, spiced up with references to "White Mischief," "Out of Africa" and "The Snows of Kilimanjaro," that will frustrate some audiences and fascinate others.

    Feb 7, 2013 | Rating: 3/4
  • The audience is left to imagine much of the story, though it is clear it involves love, betrayal, guilt, regret and a recurring crocodile.

    Jan 24, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Portuguese director Miguel Gomes' latest film moves through different styles and eras, and proves that shooting in black and white is as versatile as it ever was.

    Dec 28, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Few films are this smart about subtly couching their allegorical aspirations within more straightforward narratives; fewer still are able to do so with such energetically inventive virtuoso style.

    Dec 27, 2012 | Rating: 9.5/10 | Full Review…

    Ian Buckwalter

    NPR
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