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143 Ratings

Visit, or Memories and Confessions

Visita, ou Memórias e Confissões

Directed by Manoel de Oliveira
Portugal, 1982
Biography, Drama, Documentary


With dialogues written by Agustina Bessa-Luis to the voices of Diogo Doria and Teresa Madruga, this is a biopic of Manoel de Oliveira, shot when he was 73, in the house where he lived nearly four decades with his wife, children and grandchildren.

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Visit, or Memories and Confessions Directed by Manoel de Oliveira
It’s Manoel de Oliveira’s lasting cinematic elegy: a visit to a house filled with evidence of a life well lived, an exploration of memories that permeate through spaces and objects of importance.
September 14, 2016
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The tone manages to be at the same time playfully ironic and elegiac.
January 04, 2016
…It’s definite that [Oliveira’s wife] was offering it to his film—his only-to-be-watched-after-my-death autobiographical film, no less. And it makes the movie. It allows us, encourages us, to question the matter and mode of the director’s self-presentation. As with Jane in Diaries, it both punctures and aerates the balloon.
October 16, 2015
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