Eccentricities of a Blonde-haired Girl (Singularidades de uma Rapariga Loura)
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Eccentricities of a Blonde-haired Girl (Singularidades de uma Rapariga Loura)
The unstoppable Manoel de Oliveira - 101-years-old but producing films at a pace few filmmakers of any age could rival - returns to Anthology with this spare, deceptively simple, disarmingly pleasurable, and finely-wrought gem, an adaptation of a story by the great early-modernist Portuguese author Eça de Queiróz. Opening on a train, where a visibly distraught man, Macário, begins to unburden himself to the woman in the seat next to him, the film tells the story of Macário's infatuation with a young blond woman he spies through an apartment window. Devoting himself to winning her, in the… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Exquisite but peculiar."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Though Loos downplayed her talent, later mock-sulking that her "infantile cruelty" kept her from being a "real novelist," the superficial Blonde she begat is profound."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
"... a perfectly executed short story, slight yet delightfully told with minimalist direction and imagery and a very European sensibility."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
"This is not one of Oliveira's most memorable works but it still provides a lesson in unobtrusive but pointed film-making."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"This mesmerizing little tale is mysterious but straightforward enough to win over any audience."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"Sly, understated and ruthlessly focused, the functional yet elegant photography by Sabine Lancelin enhances the film's ironic kick."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"Even at a pleasant 64 minutes, it savors classical beauties, reaches tremendous depths and comes in with a satisfying bite."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A mesmerizing, charming and disturbing morality tale of doomed love."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Contrasting elegant surfaces and heartfelt feelings, it's an enigmatic gem -- and at 64 mins, truly succinct."
‑ Tom Dawson, Total Film
"The ending comes like a sharp punchline -- a warning, or perhaps a reassurance, that even when you get to the age of 100, life is no less mysterious."
‑ Steve Rose, Guardian
"In De Oliveira's world, time and space are infinitely malleable -- the past is present and the present past."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"Labored romance, mainly notable for the lovely scenes showing Lisbon music, poetry and culture history."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"A curious, elliptical little film about people cocooned in their own romantic notions: at barely over an hour, the lethargic pace is easy to live with."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"A stately tale that is more of a curiosity than anything else."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"a film of graceful intelligence and narrative simplicity"
‑ Chris Cabin, Filmcritic.com

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