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Abraham's Valley

Vale Abraão

Directed by Manoel de Oliveira
Portugal, France, 1993
Drama

Synopsis

Ema is a very attractive but innocent girl. Young marries Dr. Carlo Paiva, who she is not attracted to. They move to the Valley of Abraham. Carlo loves her, but sleeps in a separate room. With time she begins to feel unhappy about her marriage, so she takes a lover.

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Abraham's Valley Directed by Manoel de Oliveira
Abraham Valley [is] the story of a latter-day Madame Bovary is spun out by sober voiceover narration, giving us the hypnotic impression of reading a stately, rambling novel.
December 01, 2008
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An epic work from Oliveira’s magisterial late period. Inspired by Flaubert’s Madame Bovary though retaining only the novel’s basic structure, the film is actually a thorough dismantling of the ethos of Falubert’s era. As with other films in this stage of Oliveira’s career, the film abounds with subtle absurdism. The effect is similar to traditional painting or the processional style of pre-Modern theater, but the unforgettable aura that Oliveira creates is eerily timeless.
July 04, 2008
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Valle Abraao is a curious ignition for worldwide cine-fame: a three-hour-plus, self-consciously literary and hyper-rehearsed study of the Madame Bovary template… Oliveira’s approach is kind of a Bresson/Buñuel bouillabaisse, stressing the stiff artificiality of his scenes, and the narration over the action (which describes dialogues and actions as they happen), while at the same time going for a sarcastic satire whose very flatness is part of the joke.
March 12, 2008
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