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Abraham Valley

Abraham Valley

A Feature film by Manoel de Oliveira

Produced by Gemini Films

Release in France : 01/09/1993


    This is the story of Ema, a woman of menacing beauty. For Carlos, her husbband, whom she married without love, "hers was a face which could justify the life of a man". Her taste for luxury, her illusions in life and the desire which she inspired in men, earned her the name of "the little Bovary". She would have three lovers, but her sucessive loves brought her no more than a feeling of great disillusion so that she came to think of herself as nothing more than "a soul in the balance". Ema dies - "accidently, perhaps ?" - on a day of glorious sunshine, after dressing as though for a ball.

    Actors (16)

    Production and distribution (5)

    Executive Producer :

    Gemini Films

    Foreign production companies :

    Madragoa Filmes, Light Night

    French distribution :

    Amorces Diffusion

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    Full credits (10)

    Executive Producer :

    Paulo Branco

    Author of original work :

    Agustina Bessa Luis

    Director of Photography :

    Mário Barroso

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Bruno Barde

    Production Designers :

    Maria-José Branco, Ze Branco

    Assistant Director :

    José Maria Vaz Da Silva

    Screenwriter :

    Manoel de Oliveira

    Sound Recordist :

    Henri Maïkoff

    Editors :

    Manoel de Oliveira, Valérie Loiseleux

    Costume designer :

    Isabel Branco

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    Feature film

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    Coproducer countries :

    Portugal, Switzerland, France

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    Majority French (Portugal, Switzerland, France)

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    Runtime :

    3 h 7 min

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    Audio format :

    Dolby SR