A restless retired woman teams up with her deceased neighbor's maid to seek out a man who has a secret connection to her past life as a farm owner at the foothill of Mount Tabu in Africa.

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Intrepid explorer
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Hortêncílio Aquina ...
Porter (as Hortencílio Aquina)
Américo Mota ...
Porter
Valentim Hortêncílio ...
Porter (as Valentim Hortencílio)
Artur Januário ...
Porter
Mariana Ricardo ...
Explorer's wife / Aurora's friend
Teresa Madruga ...
Pilar
Maya Kosa ...
Polish woman
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Santa (as Isabel Cardoso)
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Aurora
Vítor Manuel ...
Guide
Cândido Ferreira ...
Painter
Maria José Ricardo ...
Literacy teacher
Joana Cunha Ferreira ...
Pilar's friend
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A restless retired woman teams up with her deceased neighbor's maid to seek out a man who has a secret connection to her past life as a farm owner at the foothill of Mount Tabu in Africa.

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References Tabu: A Story of the South Seas (1931) See more »

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Written by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, and Phil Spector
Performed by The Ramones, mimed at the party by Mario and the band
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Excellent film and sadly touching
8 September 2013 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Honestly, the film started out slow and I wasn't sure where it was going in the first part.

The second part cranked up fast and the audience becomes quickly engrossed in Aurora's past and her life in Africa. One completely understands her melancholy and longing for her past when you compare her farm on Mount Tabu to her life in Lisbon.

Aurora's verboten romance with Gian Luca quickly builds up and the audience can feel the longing and how Aurora felt trapped with her pleasant husband.

The saddest part for me was when Gian Luca played the drums to the Ronette's song and his entire demeanor is crushed and devastated.

The film ends satisfactorily although the tragic ending of Gian Luca's romance with Aurora is well... sad and unfortunate.

Miguel Gomes did an excellent job in this film and the actor Carlo Carlotta did wonderfully as did Ana Moreira. Teresa Madruga did great as the audience's eyes and ears.

Lastly, I thoroughly enjoyed the use of black and white cinema for the Africa part of the film. It threw modern Lisbon into relief and made it seem even more drastically different.


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