A Talking Picture (Um Filme Falado)
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A Talking Picture (Um Filme Falado)
Rosa Maria, a young history professor, sets out with her daughter Maria Joana on a cruise that will travel through the Mediterranean to Bombay, India, where they will meet her husband. This pleasure cruise also allows Rosa Maria to get to know places about which she talks in her classes but which she has never visited. With stops at such locations as Ceuta, Marseille, the ruins of Pompei, Athens, the pyramids of Egypt, Istanbul, this trip is also a journey through thousands of years of history -- through the Mediterranean civilization that marked and still marks Western cultures. On the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Oliveira establishes a sense of timelessness only to catch his audience up short with a film that ultimately could scarcely be a more timely comment on the world in which we live."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"A potent and troubling meditation on the state of Western society."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"It's an engrossing pic that speaks to our hearts and minds, as it leaves us with an unsettling feeling about both the past and present."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A veteran filmmaker's moment of reflection and didacticism, and one supposes he's earned it."
‑ Tim Cogshell, Boxoffice Magazine
"Feels like cinema's grand old man is leaving us a legacy with grace and compassion."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Structured like a chatty play in three acts."
‑ Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"A thoughtful, provocative effort that makes up for its narrative failings with its astute philosophical musings."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Though Oliveira's stylistic approach may be more relaxed and laid back in tune with seasoned years, his keen and cutting insights point to a mind on fire, as if on mental Viagra."
‑ Prairie Miller, Long Island Press
"Talking is about all that happens here."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"A Talking Picture might be an apt title, but it does not mean that it is automatically a picture worth contemplating."
‑ Boyd van Hoeij, european-films.net
"Extremely slow and won't be for those with no appetite for lengthy, self-serious monologues, but it also has a sharp, personal edge to it."
‑ Mary Brennan, Seattle Times
"The freeze-frame finale is a stunner."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Only someone in his golden years could have made something as profound and as devastating as A Talking Picture, and only Oliveira could have made it as good as this."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Not only is this approach boring but also it is an artificial contrivance that leaves little for the actors to do but regurgitate facts in an encyclopedic way."
‑ Jonathan W. Hickman, Entertainment Insiders
"A devastatingly simple portrait of the ways in which we lull ourselves into believing that knowledge, academic or worldly, is our inviolate defense against annihilation."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
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