A Talking Picture (Um Filme Falado)
A Talking Picture (Um Filme Falado) (2004)

This delicate and haunting fable from elder statesman of Portuguese filmmaking Manoel de Oliveira has been intepreted in many quarters as the director's response to the violence and brutality of September 11th; it also functions a… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 18, 2004
DVD Release Date: April 5, 2005
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

A potent and troubling meditation on the state of Western society.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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.

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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly

Structured like a chatty play in three acts.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

A thoughtful, provocative effort that makes up for its narrative failings with its astute philosophical musings.

Prairie Miller
Long Island Press

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.

Mary Brennan
Seattle Times

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.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

The freeze-frame finale is a stunner.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 51% Flixster User Reviews
paul sandberg
A Talking Picture, directed by Portugues legend Manoel De Olivera, spends its first half as a badly filmed travel-log with commentary by Leonore da Silveira and… More