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A Talking Picture

A Talking Picture

A Feature film by Manoel de Oliveira

Release in France : 15/10/2003


    Rosa Maria, a young history teacher at Lisbon University, leaves with her daughter Maria Joana on a Mediterranean cruise. Rosa Maria is to meet her husband in Bombay, from where they’ll head off on vacation together.
    The ship stops in various ports and Rosa Maria discovers cities that she’s known through books or she’s evoked in her classes, but that she’s never had the occasion to visit.
    The voyage takes the two women from the ruins of Pompeii to Athens, passing through Istanbul and by the Egyptian pyramids. It becomes a journey of initiation through Mediterranean civilization and a recapitulation of everything that has marked western culture.
    During the cruise, Rosa Maria encounters and is captivated by a renowned businesswoman from France, a former Italian fashion model and celebrity, a Greek actress and singing teacher and, in particular, the ship’s captain, an American of Polish descent.
    In the ship’s lounge, the women dine with the captain. They all talk in their own language and they all understand each other, thereby recreating an ideal tower of Babel.
    But when they head for the Persian Gulf a strange, unsettling event disturbs their dinner…

    Actors (9)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Co-productions :

    Gemini Films, France 2 Cinéma

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Gemini Films

    Foreign production companies :

    Madragoa Filmes, Mikado Film

    French distribution :

    Gemini Films

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    Full credits (12)

    Assistant Director :

    José Maria Vaz Da Silva

    Screenwriter :

    Manoel de Oliveira

    Sound Recordist :

    Philippe Morel

    Production managers :

    Alexandre Oliveira, Alexandre Valente

    Continuity supervisor :

    Júlia Buisel

    Costume designer :

    Isabel Branco

    Producer :

    Paulo Branco

    Director of Photography :

    Emmanuel Machuel

    Sound Assistant :

    Benoît Iwanesko

    Editor :

    Valérie Loiseleux

    Production Designer :

    Ze Branco

    Location Manager :

    Ana Pinhao Moura

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    Feature film

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    Production language :

    French, English, Portuguese

    Coproducer countries :

    Portugal, Italy, France

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    Minority French (Portugal, Italy, France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 36 min

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    Audio format :

    Dolby SRD