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Um Filme Falado

Manoel de Oliveira Francia, 2003

Michael Harbour's rating of the film A Talking Picture

A tepid, awkward travelogue interrupted by tepid, awkward dinner-table philosophy and put to rest by an awkward ending apparently intended to imbue the film with meaning through tragedy. The only success in the film was capturing John Malkovich's expression at the end of the movie and holding that one successful moment frozen through the credits.