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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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Intrepid explorer
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Narrator (voice)
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 ...
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Maya Kosa ...
Polish woman
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Santa (as Isabel Cardoso)
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Aurora
Vítor Manuel ...
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Cândido Ferreira ...
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Maria José Ricardo ...
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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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At 1:20:48 a women appears to be using a cell phone or a mobile phone (the film is based on the sixties). See more »

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Two discrete plots in one excellent movie
30 December 2013 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

Tabu (2012/I) is a Portuguese movie co-written and directed by Miguel Gomes.

The film begins in modern-day Portugal, where an old woman named Aurora (Laura Soveral) is leading a quiet and sheltered life. We know there's some mystery about her earlier life, but we don't know what it is. Aurora becomes ill, and when she realizes that she won't recover, she shares a man's name with a neighbor, and asks the neighbor to find this man.

The film then shifts to Africa about fifty years earlier, at a time when Aurora was a young woman. (The young Aurora is portrayed by the lovely Portuguese actor Ana Moreira.) Portugal is still the colonial power, but the anti-colonialist revolutions are beginning.

What happens during this period is full of wild romance, with Aurora at its center. The man named by the dying Aurora is the link that brings the two plots together.

Although this movie was completed in 2012, it has the look of earlier film. This is partly because it's shot in black and white, and partly because the director has chosen to remind us that great movies have been with us for many, many years.

We saw Tabu on DVD, where it worked well. It's not the perfect film for everyone, but it's a good choice if you want something foreign and different.


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