A burning Jamesian masterpiece whose gaze lays bare every motion of the sensitive soul groping towards its decisive act, a metaphysical affirmation that is simultaneously a material loss. As in the Master's middle works like Spoils of Poynton or What Maisie Knew, the growth of insight is searingly painful and the reader as co-agonist shares the pain. Ah that blinding light in the end!
Play-based, shot almost entirely within the kitchen of a peasant home in the early 1900's, it's Incredibly clever in approach. Oliveira (104), the oldest living director on the planet engages many of the techniques used in theatre, honing in on the repetition of words and action in particular to create a tongue-in-cheek look at the lengths we go to protect our loved ones from the harsh truths of life. 3 stars
The last shot and words hit you like a grenade - one can't describe the depth of emotion and thought concentrated in a single freeze. Beautiful actors. And a 103 year-old genius thinking the world with a freedom and boldness of vision that unfortunately is getting more and more rare in younger directors.
The most violent film of this decade.The whole world and its values crumbling down in one room.To reach cosmic resonance through only the utmost necessary elements and movements in the mise en scène; one that echoes profoundly, beat by beat, in an evoked offscreen - its time and light modulation keeping everything (and everyone) within a step from death.
Lição de moral, lição de vida, lição de cinema: Na casa do velho Gebo, em torno da velha mesa, entre o café e a penumbra, Michael Lonsdale, Claudia Cardinale, Jeanne Moreau e Luís Cintra se reúnem para conversar o velho mundo. Grandes artistas. Velhos amigos. Para celebrar o milagre do mundo que é Manoel de Oliveira que viu o cinema mudo, viu o cinema em P&B e filma e filma e filma, todo ano, uma nova obra-prima.
long and boring static shots, no scenography, and uninteresting long dialogues. pure overrated director de Oliveiria shit! it's time to rest mr 104 year old!
that's the main problem! impossible to stay attentive more than 5 minutes! if you have the secret to undergo 100 minutes of empty dialogues with lots of attention and can get the one sentence that makes all the depth of the text, tell me! (btw a play should'nt be played live on stage?)(a cinematographic adaptation may be awesome, but not if filmed like a stage play)
valeu a pena correr o risco de ser assaltada etc só para ver isto e ouvir umas palavrinhas do Manoel
Like all Oliveira films, one i'm looking forward to seeing. At 103 he still has another on the go. The combined ages of the leads Lonsdale, Moreau, Cardinale and director himself must be some sort of record. Add Leonor Silveira and the cast alone is extremely enticing