Abraham's Valley
Abraham's Valley (1993)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1993
DVD Release Date: December 24, 2002
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Wally Hammond
Time Out

Subtle, elegant, enigmatic, this movie by the veteran Oliveira exercises a powerful grip.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's both elegant and subtle, a beautifully achieved pic that has a timeless poetical quality.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

It mesmerizes, sometimes maddens and tests the emotional and physical reflexes.

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TV Guide

A great deal of screen time is devoted to the false intellectualism and forced mannerisms of dinner party conversations.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Michael Atkinson
Boston Phoenix

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.

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