Consegue desconstruir ideias sobre a história civilizacional , simplificando-as para o entendimento de uma criança. Mas que também discute o lugar dos países do sul da Europa na história e na própria linguagem, sobretudo com a mesa redonda, donde a actriz Catherine Deneuve faz parte, com um olhar mais profundo. Um final surpreende.
I read all of the reviews after watching this film in 2015. Anyone familiar with World Cinema knows the title is almost pejorative. It does not matter the point of view, the form rules the film. Today we know many films that end this way, a normal story, we want it to be normal, ends tragically. Like the news about the German plane crashing in the French Alps, normal stories end... I will miss Oliveira.
This movie kinda perplexed me. At first it felt like a travel documentary and then all of a sudden the movie stopped so that John Malcovich had a long conversation with three ladies and I though I started to understand it, then the boat explodes with our central character on board. I was just left with complete and utter confusion. Strange.
A history professor takes her young daughter on a Mediterranean voyage giving context to her teachings as well as schooling her girl. A very assessable film from De Oliveira who's surface story is quite enjoyable but the understory is one that covers the power of language, cultural identity, history and legend. The film is pure conversation regardless of the 'tower of babel' the world has become. Fascinating work.
This is an idealistic conservative's plea for the preservation - and primacy - of Western Culture against the (unseen, almost hallucinated) violent, irrational forces that wish to destroy it. Most of the movie is taken up with badinage about the usual touchstones of Western Civ (France, Rome, Greece). It's in Egypt where the trouble begins, leading to a shock ending in the final minutes that comes out of nowhere.
Part History lesson, part travelogue, the first part of this film is lovely if that stuff is enjoyable for you. Unfortunately, as soon as Malkovich enters this "Talking Picture" it becomes a real drag. The conversation is forced and contrived. Watch the first half if you want to see a beautifully shot travelogue. But turn it off as soon as you see Malkovich's ugly mug, that's what I think. 2 & 1/2 stars, not 3.