A temperamental old woman, her Cape Verdean maid, and a socially-conscious neighbor live on the same floor of a Lisbon apartment complex. When the old lady falls ill, the other two learn of an outlandish episode from her youth: a story of love and crime set in Africa.
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This is nothing more than romanticised orientalism/ neo-colonialism dressed in nostalgic art film rags. C'mon, what happened to those critical faculties? Just because something is in b&w and superficially references Murnau doesn't mean it's a masterpiece. Expressionism-Lite for the "end of celluloid" crowd.
What a wonderful wonderful film. I particularly loved the sound editing (ref to the fact that the second part isn’t pure silent cinema but peppered with carefully selected background sounds, adding great effect to the melancholic mood of the film).