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149 Ratings

Porto of My Childhood

Porto da Minha Infância

Directed by Manoel de Oliveira
Portugal, 2001
Documentary, Drama


This astonishingly little seen documentary about Portugal’s second largest city, Porto, is a tribute by Manoel de Oliveira to the city of his childhood, where the director masterly interweaves fact and fiction together.

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Porto of My Childhood Directed by Manoel de Oliveira

Critics reviews

The film is built around memories: the house where Oliveira was born (seen as an eerie ruin), distant sense-impressions (the sound of horses at night), and dramatic reconstructions in which the young Manoel is played by the director’s grandsons Jorge and Ricardo Trepa. These vivid re-enactments include a visit to a play, the director himself cheerfully donning wig and moustache to appear as a stage burglar.
December 01, 2008
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The freedom and unself-conscious grace with which [Oliveira] moves back and forth between past and present, fiction and nonfiction, is astonishing: he makes this capacity seem as simple as breathing and as natural as remembering.
March 21, 2003
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