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A Talking Picture (2003)

Um Filme Falado (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, History | 15 October 2003 (Portugal)
Lisbon, Marseilles, Naples, Athens, Istanbul, Cairo, Aden, and Bombay. Along with a university teacher and her little daughter, we embark on a long journey, experiencing different cultures and civilizations.

Director:

Manoel de Oliveira

Writer:

Manoel de Oliveira (scenario and dialogue)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Leonor Silveira Leonor Silveira ... Rosa Maria
Filipa de Almeida Filipa de Almeida ... Maria Joana
John Malkovich ... Comandante John Walesa
Catherine Deneuve ... Delfina
Stefania Sandrelli ... Francesca
Irene Papas ... Helena
Luís Miguel Cintra Luís Miguel Cintra ... Himself - Portuguese Actor
Michel Lubrano di Sbaraglione Michel Lubrano di Sbaraglione ... Pescador
François Da Silva François Da Silva ... Cliente do Pescador
Nikos Hatzopoulos ... Padre Ortodoxo
Antònio Ferraiolo Antònio Ferraiolo ... Cicerone Pompeia
Alparslan Salt Alparslan Salt ... Cicerone Museu de Santa Sophia
Ricardo Trêpa ... Oficial
David Cardoso David Cardoso ... Oficial
Júlia Buisel Júlia Buisel ... Amiga de Delfina
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Storyline

A meditation on civilization. July, 2001: friends wave as a cruise ship departs Lisbon for Mediterranean ports and the Indian Ocean. On board and on day trips in Marseilles, Pompeii, Athens, Istanbul, and Cairo, a professor tells her young daughter about myth, history, religion, and wars. Men approach her; she's cool, on her way to her husband in Bombay. After Cairo, for two evenings divided by a stop in Aden, the captain charms three successful, famous (and childless) women, who talk with wit and intellect, each understanding the others' native tongue, a European union. The captain asks mother and child to join them. He gives the girl a gift. Helena sings. Life can be sweet. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | History | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Madragoa Filmes [Portugal]

Country:

Portugal | France | Italy

Language:

Portuguese | French | Italian | English | Greek

Release Date:

15 October 2003 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

A Talking Picture See more »

Filming Locations:

Athens, Greece See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,325, 12 December 2004

Gross USA:

$20,237

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$601,815
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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This was Irene Papas' third and final collaboration with Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira, and also Papas' last movie before she retired. See more »

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Great cast for a great script.
3 May 2004 | by sgurgoloSee all my reviews

This movie isn't going to shock you. This movie is not going to "entertain" you. This movie is going to softly talk to you, while cruising around the most beautiful places of the world, and will bring you to a sudden, explosive, unexpected ending. I never saw a De Oliveira movie before this, although he is considered by Italian critics one of the most important directors alive. Well i guess i should check his previous works (and there's a lot to see). This is a film for those who want to FEEL the script and listen to interesting conversations that sometimes can enlighten and other times, well, the viewer can feel the deep depression of a reality that gives us no choice but live as we are, no hope to leave our little selves to come to something bigger. And then again, who wouldn't want to sit and have dinner talking with Stefania Sandrelli, Catherine Deneuve, Irene Papas and a charming Captain Malkovich? (And the fact that they're all speaking in their own languages makes their pout pourri of philosophy and humour really UNIVERSAL). This filmed talked to me, while i could do nothing but sit still and wait and listen and watch and then give one of the most sincere applauses i ever could give to a movie. "You'd better grab a hold of something, it's simple but is true. If you dont stop to smell the roses now they might end up on you!" (HUSKER DU)


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