Magic Mirror (Espelho Magico)
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Adapted from author Agustina Bessa-Luis' novel The Soul of the Righ, writer/director Manoel de Oliveira's Magic Mirror travels deep into the restless psyche of a well-to-do woman who longs to experience a divine vision. Previously imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit, Luciano (Ricardo Trepa) emerges into the real world in desperate need of a sense of direction. Luciano is haunted by the death of his sister Camila, though he does his best to stay distracted from family ghosts by going to work at the manor house of malcontent rich woman Alfreda (Leonor Silveira). Married to the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A droll comedy about the impossibility of shaking the burdens of your dreams and obligations."
‑ Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Times
"Shows little interest in making sense."
‑ Deborah Young, Variety
"Based on a novel by Augustina Bessa- Luís, a frequent de Oliveira collaborator, the film is perversely textual, an endlessly talking picture seemingly addressed to no one but itself."
‑ Nathan Lee, Village Voice
"If you have never loved de Oliveira, this film will be a hard sell, even though it is more lyrical than most of his previous work."
‑ Boyd van Hoeij,
"Oliveira's touch is sure and the result is an atmospheric piece of work that lingers in the mind."
‑ Ray Bennett, Hollywood Reporter
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