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