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A Feature film by Manoel de Oliveira

Produced by Gemini Films, Madragoa Filmes

Release in France : 02/10/1996


    Leonor and Rogério have been married for ten years. Leonor arranges a garden-arty on the esplanade of her husband's beautiful palace at Ponta Delgada in the Azores to celebrate the event. Two friends, a famous Greek actress of a certain age, accompanied by her lover Michel, an inveterate ladies man, join them. Michel, true to his reputation, tries to seduce Leonor...

    Actors (4)

    Production and distribution (3)

    Executive Producers :

    Gemini Films, Madragoa Filmes

    French distribution :

    Connaissance du Cinéma

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Gemini Films

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    "Words, words and more words. Phrases like rivers of lava which engulf all that lies in their path. Manoel de Oliveira's new film is a verbal parade in which four characters tangle with every shade and nuance of love and desire... Seduction, they say, is a much more complex and unpredictable art than it seems... Here, the mind speaks louder than the heart... Repartee counts for more than the amorous destiny of this talkative foursome for whom the act itself is another story entirely. In a supremely elegant setting, framed with careful refinement, Manoel de Oliveira films dialogue. In the guise of stylistic effect he indulges in the occasional fight of strange fantasy, his trademark of sorts... For the actors, Michel Piccoli and Irène Papas in particular, the text is a veritable feast, and Oliveira himself seems to have really relished seeing these "warriors of the word" putting their hearts into it. (...) "

    (Jean-Claude Loiseau - Télérama)

    Full credits (14)

    Executive Producer :

    Paulo Branco

    Adaptation :

    Agustina Bessa Luis

    Director of Photography :

    Renato Berta

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Bruno Barde, Corinne de Bury

    Assistant editor :

    Catherine Krassovsky

    Production Designers :

    Maria-José Branco, Ze Branco

    Sound Mixer :

    Jean-François Auger

    Assistant Director :

    José Maria Vaz Da Silva

    Screenwriter :

    Manoel de Oliveira

    Sound Recordist :

    Henri Maïkoff

    Editor :

    Valérie Loiseleux

    Continuity supervisor :

    Júlia Buisel

    Costume designer :

    Isabel Branco

    Still Photographer :

    Mariana Viegas

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Coproducer countries :

    Portugal, France

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    Minority French (Portugal, France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 30 min

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    Dolby stereo

    Posters (1)


    Festival Selections

    Venice International Film Festival  - 1996

    Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 1996)


    Official Competition