Adapted from a 19th-century novella by Eça de Queiroz, Manoel de Oliveira’s exquisite film is the story of an ill-fated romance between a young accountant and a mysterious woman he spies through his window.
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I think there is an expectation of that kind of behaviour from beautiful blondes. They are at a disadvantage because nothing is ever expected of them other than to be beautiful. Men always think they want the blonde shiksas, and then it inevitably turns out not to be worth it. Also, don't work for the family business if you really want to have control over your life. A little predictable, but well done.
For some reason they didn't go with the original title, "The pointless existence of a catastrophically socially inept albeit good looking virgin accountant and the stale handicapped dialogue he's able to muster with a traditionally objectified female with little to no character development".
The story is so bad it's almost Kafka-esque in how effortlessly it slides past reality, but not in a good or interesting way.
Corny, stiff, outdated melodrama. Adaptation from a 19th c novella that feels unnatural and constrained in contemporary settings. Only Pessoa seems to add a touch of eloquence and character, like an island in the middle of mawkish triviality. Amateurish acting, hampered by the trivial dialogues. There is not much beneath the uneventful surface, and the viewer will find little interest to scratch beyond that.
Partout, des formes rectangulaires rappellent la fenêtre dans laquelle se trouve la jeune fille. Cette fenêtre évoque à la fois un portrait de la Renaissance à la beauté intemporelle, mais aussi le mystère, la fenêtre entrouverte obstruée par des rideaux qui ne laissent apparaître que des silhouettes. Ce court film plein de poésie prend une dimension particulière lorsque l’on sait que le réalisateur était centenaire.
I found this adaptation very much out of the place. The story did not translate well to modern life and reality, it felt somehow strange. I appreciate the setting and acting which is quite good. It's difficult to say what this movie is focusing on or what kind of story it's telling. Characters are very flat and underdeveloped, I found it difficult to feel for them...