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Mousy American professor John Malkovich, hoping to prove that Shakespeare was a Spanish Jew, brings wife Catherine Deneuve on a research trip to a Portuguese monastery. The monastery's sinister guardian wants Deneuve and uses a voluminous library and a beautiful assistant to try to divert Malkovich's attention. Directed by Manoel de ... more
A French-born actor (Jean-Yves Gautier) seeking out his Portuguese roots while starring in a movie there sets out to find the aunt he's never met. Accompanied by the film's aged director (Marcello Mastroianni, in his final role), the pair set off on a wistful voyage of discovery in this heartfelt tale from writer/director Manoel de ... more
Profoundly moving drama from director Manoel de Oliveira ("Party") explores issues of life, loss and the ravages of time. After the deaths of his wife, daughter and son-in-law in a car accident, French actor Gilbert struggles to pick up the pieces. Suddenly finding himself caring for his grandson, Gilbert slowly rediscovers the little ... more
A Talking Picture(2003)
A Lisbon-to-Bombay cruise through the Mediterranean turns into a series of discourses on the evolution of Western civilization for a Portuguese history professor, her young daughter, their fellow passengers, and the ship's captain in this thought-provoking, allegorical drama from nonagenarian writer/director Manoel de Oliveira. Leonor ... more
This lyrical drama delivered by centenarian director Manoel de Oliveira takes its narrative cues from a 19th-century short story from Portuguese writer Eca de Queiros, the tale of a young man traveling by train and relating the sad account of his failed romantic pursuit of a lovely blonde girl. After his infatuation costs ... more
Isaac (Ricardo Trepa), a photographer living in rural northern Portugal, is hired by a well-to-do family to take funerary pictures of their daughter Angelica (Pilar Lopez de Ayala), who died on her wedding day. When Angelica appears to open her eyes and look at him during the shoot, a shocked Isaac becomes obsessed with his ... more