Ema is a very attractive but innocent girl. Young marries Dr. Carlo Paiva, who she is not attracted to. They move to the Valley of Abraham. Carlo loves her, but sleeps in a separate room. With time she begins to feel unhappy about her marriage, so she takes a lover.
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Poetic saga about the life of a portuguese girl since her youth until the days as a mother, passing through marriage crises, extramarital affairs and an unexpected ending. Incredible scenery, extremely intelligent dialogues and beautiful costumes. Leonor Silveira was a great surprise as the ruthless Ema. Highly recomended to fans of family sagas with a touch of feminist sensitivity.
Manoel de Oliveira reaches here the peak of his artistic style, showing the maturity of a cinema that belongs to the latter classical tradition. This subtle and delightful game of mirrors revolves around a flawless performance by Leonor Silveira, and constitutes one of the most elaborated —yet simple— aesthetic achievements of this unforgettable filmmaker.
Bresson , alain resnais master of creating inclusive harmony at cinema&literature . This is just an imitation of their harmony which is not succesfull. I found overrated and totally boring.Boredom is not related to length or film's subject. Director's method is boring , he doesnt want to tell story with images. His technique is only voice-over .
I kept thinking of the line from Adaptation: " ...and God help you if you use voice-over in your work, my friends. God help you. That's flaccid, sloppy writing. Any idiot can write a voice-over narration to explain the thoughts of a character." Voice-over is ok to an extent..but for 3 hours? That's pure laziness.