Tabu (I) (2012)

Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 4,605 users   Metascore: 78/100
Reviews: 21 user | 135 critic | 17 from

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.


Watch Trailer
0Check in
18 wins & 41 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Some of the chapters from Arabian Nights are adapted to a modern Portugal in this epic.

Director: Miguel Gomes
Stars: Miguel Gomes, Carloto Cotta, Adriano Luz
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Director: Miguel Gomes
Stars: Crista Alfaiate, João Pedro Bénard, Margarida Carpinteiro
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Miguel Gomes
Stars: Crista Alfaiate, Bernardo Alves, Chico Chapas
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A regular family living in the outskirts of Lisbon sees the serenity of their lives shaken beyond any remedy within a week.

Director: João Canijo
Stars: Rafael Morais, Rita Blanco, Anabela Moreira
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Follows a jealous countess, a wealthy businessman, and a young orphaned boy across Portugal, France, Italy and Brazil where they connect with a variety of mysterious individuals.

Director: Raoul Ruiz
Stars: Adriano Luz, Maria João Bastos, Ricardo Pereira
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

On his deathbed, Uncle Boonmee recalls his many past lives.

Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Stars: Thanapat Saisaymar, Jenjira Pongpas, Sakda Kaewbuadee
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A rural farmer is forced to confront the mortality of his faithful horse.

Directors: Béla Tarr, Ágnes Hranitzky
Stars: János Derzsi, Erika Bók, Mihály Kormos
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The lives of the residents of a Brazilian apartment building and the security guards who get the job guarding the surrounding streets.

Director: Kleber Mendonça Filho
Stars: Ana Rita Gurgel, Caio Almeida, Maeve Jinkings
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

"José and Pilar," a documentary by Miguel Gonçalves Mendes, is a deeply moving story about love, loss and literature. It follows the days of José Saramago, the Nobel-laureate Portuguese ... See full summary »

Director: Miguel Gonçalves Mendes
Stars: Joao Afonso, Àngels Barceló, Pilar del Río
Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In the heart of Portugal, amid the mountains, the month of August is abuzz with people and activity... See full synopsis »

Director: Miguel Gomes
Stars: Sónia Bandeira, Fábio Oliveira, Joaquim Carvalho
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Francisco, behave! I Know it's your birthday, you are thirty now, it's carnival, you've dressed as a cowboy for the school party and you are surrounded by kids you hate. But that's no ... See full summary »

Director: Miguel Gomes
Stars: José Airosa, Gracinda Nave, Sara Graça
The Mutants (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Teresa Villaverde
Stars: Ana Moreira, Alexandre Pinto, Nelson Varela


Cast overview, first billed only:
Intrepid explorer
Narrator (voice)
Hortêncílio Aquina ...
Porter (as Hortencílio Aquina)
Américo Mota ...
Valentim Hortêncílio ...
Porter (as Valentim Hortencílio)
Artur Januário ...
Mariana Ricardo ...
Explorer's wife / Aurora's friend
Teresa Madruga ...
Maya Kosa ...
Polish woman
Vítor Manuel ...
Cândido Ferreira ...
Maria José Ricardo ...
Literacy teacher
Joana Cunha Ferreira ...
Pilar's friend
Araceli Fuente Basconcillos ...
Pilar's friend


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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Drama | Romance


See all certifications »


Official Sites:


| | | |


| |

Release Date:

5 April 2012 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

Tabou  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


A plane with the registration C9-JCG appears. This is the new registration for Mozambique, the old one was CR-A-- See more »


References Crocodile Dundee (1986) See more »


Variações Pindéricas Sobre a Insensatez
by Joana Sá
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

15 July 2012 | by (Cairo, Egypt) – See all my reviews

A KVIFF viewing, the third feature-length work from Portuguese director Miguel Gomes, which was among the contenders for the Golden Bear in Berlin earlier this year, and wound up winning the FIPRESCI Prize and Alfred Bauer Award.

The film is entirely in Black & White, which has a deceiving anachronism effect and injects an appeasing vigor to enliven the storyline. With being equally divided into two parts, the first half is the contemporary story between a middle-aged woman, Pillar and her senior neighbor Aurora (who is live alone with her black servant Santa, and strongly believes her estranged daughter and Santa are plotting against her); the second half is completely B&W silent, with an elaborate voice-over from Aurora's former lover Ventura, revealing a secret history about he and Aurora's love affair back in Africa half an century ago. It is a distinctively interesting composition, which contributes a pleasant illusion that we were watching a double-feature.

But by comparison, the first part is more austere and compelling while the second part is basically about a superfluously hackneyed liaison between a married woman and a romantic womanizer, the only worthiness is that it is between two white people in Africa, and if one intends to get some in-depth probe about the continent and its people, the film could hardly suffices this curiosity.

Between the female correlation in the first part, Pilar has a manifest momentum to propel the storyline, and ruefully there will not be a third paragraph to recount her story out of the lightly over-hyped second part, her story behind might own more worth to be revisited and explored. Teresa Madruga and Laura Soveral are spellbinding during their screen time, if only the second half could be reinterpreted in another way, the film could have been a fabulous essay about love, aging and mystery behind everyone's usual representation.

15 of 25 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The Soundtrack (Ramones, Joana Sa, Mickey Gilley, etc.) marko-orlic87
The Music jimgoldblum
The Polish student Red-125
50-minute video with director Miguel Gomes pm85
Aurora and Mário zawusel
the last music sara-dantas07
Discuss Tabu (2012) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: