Tabu Reviews

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April 5, 2013
It takes a while to get to the meat of the movie, but it's well worth the wait.
February 14, 2013
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.
February 7, 2013
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.
January 24, 2013
The audience is left to imagine much of the story, though it is clear it involves love, betrayal, guilt, regret and a recurring crocodile.
December 28, 2012
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.
December 27, 2012
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.
December 27, 2012
If you have the patience to watch this film develop and unfold, like some bizarre night-blooming orchid, what you'll see is not just the last movie released in 2012, but possibly the most original of them all.
December 27, 2012
A lyrical Old Hollywood melodrama projected on a bedsheet? A celluloid curio la Barnum's Fiji mermaid? At such times, it's better to stick with a simple "wonderful."
December 27, 2012
Churlish though it sounds, you'll want to arrive for this b&w Portuguese drama about 45 minutes late.
December 27, 2012
Droll, mysterious, enchanting, and altogether singular.
December 26, 2012
Its artfulness seems like an alibi, an excuse for keeping the ugliness of history out of the picture.
November 30, 2012
Miguel Gomes begins Tabu in a seemingly ridiculous vein and unexpectedly shifts to something surprisingly enriching and poetic.
October 8, 2012
A brilliantly nuanced, deeply imagined psycho- excavation of modern Europe by the Portuguese director Miguel Gomes.
September 20, 2012
The reward is a stunning photographic narrative - a love story told as sweeping parable. But to get there takes an investment by the viewer.
September 17, 2012
The pangs of romance, eroticism, anguish, and longing (both for the stolen moments of private passion and for the sense-making schematics of Empire) transcend any period of cinema Tabu may evoke.
September 7, 2012
One of those films you need to see twice, Miguel Gomes's subtle and bizarre little masterpiece unfolds slowly. Very slowly.
September 6, 2012
For all its cleverly shot post- modernity, Tabu inadvertently argues for the power of old-school storytelling.
September 6, 2012
It's a gem: gentle, eccentric, possessed of a distinctive sort of innocence - and also charming and funny.
September 6, 2012
There are times when you feel the whole thing is better listened to than watched.
September 6, 2012
When it ends, the movie leaves you with a perfect ache.
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