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Chef-d'œuvre contemporains
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Réalisé par Miguel Gomes
Portugal, Allemagne, 2012
Drame, Romantique
  • Portugais
  • Anglais
Chef-d'œuvre contemporains


Une vieille dame au fort tempérament, sa femme de ménage Cap-Verdienne et sa voisine dévouée à de bonnes causes partagent le même étage d’un immeuble à Lisbonne. Lorsque la première meurt, les deux autres prennent connaissance d’un épisode de son passé amoureux en Afrique.

Notre opinion

Le double hommage éblouissant de Miguel Gomes à la vieillesse, la mémoire et au cinéma classique, est un voyage ensorcelant et souvent comique à l’atmosphère particulière. Impossible à catégoriser mais une chose est sûre: c’est un essentiel du cinéma indépendant des années 2010.

Tabou Réalisé par Miguel Gomes

Prix & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

2012 | Lauréat : FIPRESCI Prize

Village Voice Film Poll

2012 | 2 nominations dont : Best Director

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2012 | Nominé : Best Director

The strength of Tabu lies in how powerfully sex is captured, offering aural and visual textures that inspire sensorial memories. The black and white imagery of beautiful people making love behind layers of mosquito nets is a beautiful vision. The sex looks good, feels good, but it’s still just sex. But the nostalgia for this moment of time is unreal, rooted in a nostalgia for a broken system and a broken time.
July 16, 2015
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Despite the many reviews that describe it as “lush”, this extravagance is almost entirely an illusion, a tribute to Gomes’ ingenuity more than his budget. The director and his collaborators… have testified to the hard fact that, when they arrived on location in Africa, the budget evaporated – leaving the “central committee” listed in the credits with the task of devising a new, radically reworked script day by day.
February 06, 2014
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Without denying the devastating impact of Portuguese colonialism, Gomes acknowledges that it fed the colonials’ desire to experience life as the stuff of myth. In this regard, colonialism had much in common with cinema, enabling people to remake the world according to their own fantasies. Those fantasies may have died out, but Tabu unsettlingly suggests that they continue to haunt the Portuguese, who have yet to find a comparable dream to take their place in the imagination.
April 03, 2013
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