Despite his age and general weariness, Gebo keeps on working as an accountant to provide for his family. He lives with his wife, Doroteia, and his daughter-in-law, Sofia, but it is the absence of João, son and husband, that worries them…
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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
Was on TV likely due to his recent death. I don't mind slow, heck I loved India Song, but this was just dull. The main issues are the style which makes every line sound phony no matter how well the actors deliver them or however poignant they may be and the atrocious acting by Ricardo Trepa. All I saw while watching it were the ideas and the screenplay without any life being interjected. Less Talk, more Feel.
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