Vale Abraão (Abraham's Valley)
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Vale Abraão (Abraham's Valley)
In this artful film by 85-year old director Manoel de Oliveira, the heroine, instead of being powerless in the face of a world ruled by men, finds herself to be far too powerful. Beginning when she was a child, Ema (Leonor Silveira as an adult) had the kind of looks and manner that could stop cars when she came up to a street -- or cause accidents. As time goes by, she explores her power over men and, as a mature woman, chooses to marry a man who has virtually no machismo so that she can continue having affairs and exploring this mysterious ability of hers. Eventually she seeks to transcend… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Subtle, elegant, enigmatic, this movie by the veteran Oliveira exercises a powerful grip."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"It's both elegant and subtle, a beautifully achieved pic that has a timeless poetical quality."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It mesmerizes, sometimes maddens and tests the emotional and physical reflexes."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"A great deal of screen time is devoted to the false intellectualism and forced mannerisms of dinner party conversations."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"This beautifully shot, slow-moving, talky meditation on a life of leisure led by an adulterous woman differs most radically from Flaubert's novel in its indifference to the middle class."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"When others would be retiring, Oliveira gives us movie after movie that begs to be indulged, with great affection, as the autumnal output of a codger deserving of, if not destined for, a Lifetime Achievement Oscar."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Boston Phoenix
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