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O Princípio da Incerteza (The Uncertainty Principle) (2002)

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Manoel de Oliveira's The Uncertainty Principle is based, like several other of the director's films, on the writing of Agustina Bessa-Luís. The film opens with a long shot of an old cathedral in the rain, as a young woman, Camila (Leonor Baldaque, the granddaughter of Bessa-Luís), surreptitiously enters, presumably to pray, then emerges a short while later. Then the conversation of two brothers, Daniel (Luis Miguel Cintra) and Torcato Roper (José Manuel Mendes), Camila's former tutors, is heard as they describe the central characters of the film. Antonio (Ivo Canelas) is from a wealthy family; he's also the childhood friend of Jose (Ricardo Trêpa, de Oliveira's grandson), the son of his family's maid, Celsa (Isabel Ruth). Jose, who is known as "the Blue Bull" and has been in love with Camila since childhood, is engaged in some kind of shady business practice with Vanessa (de Oliveira stalwart Leonor Silveira), who runs a brothel and a dance club. Thanks to Celsa's machinations, Antonio proposes to Camila, whose family has fallen on hard times. The calculating Camila marries Antonio, who makes little effort to hide his affair with Vanessa. The Uncertainty Principle was shown in competition at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival. It was also selected for the 2002 New York Film Festival.

Cast

Ricardo Trepa
as Jose Feliciano
Ivo Canelas
as Antonio Clara
Luís Miguel Cintra
as Daniel Roper
Manuel Jose Mendes
as Torcato Roper
Júlia Buisel
as Aunt Tofi
Duarte de Almeida
as Mr. Ferreira
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Critic Reviews for O Princípio da Incerteza (The Uncertainty Principle)

All Critics (5)

Takes itself much too seriously.

October 15, 2003 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
About.com

The philosophical musings of the dialogue jar against the tawdry soap opera antics of the film's action in a way that is surprisingly enjoyable.

February 2, 2003 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…
All Movie Guide

Though excessively tiresome, The Uncertainty Principle, as verbally pretentious as the title may be, has its handful of redeeming features, as long as you discount its ability to bore.

October 1, 2002 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Filmcritic.com

Dense and enigmatic...elusive...stagy and stilted

September 30, 2002
culturevulture.net

Seeing as the film lacks momentum and its position remains mostly undeterminable, the director's experiment is a successful one.

September 27, 2002 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Slant Magazine

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