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A Talking Picture (2003)

Um Filme Falado (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, History | 15 October 2003 (Portugal)
Lisbon, Marseilles, Naples, Athens, Istanbul, Cairo, Aden, and Bombay. Along with a university teacher and her little daughter, we embark on a long journey, experiencing different cultures and civilizations.

Director:

Manoel de Oliveira

Writer:

Manoel de Oliveira (scenario and dialogue)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Leonor Silveira Leonor Silveira ... Rosa Maria
Filipa de Almeida Filipa de Almeida ... Maria Joana
John Malkovich ... Comandante John Walesa
Catherine Deneuve ... Delfina
Stefania Sandrelli ... Francesca
Irene Papas ... Helena
Luís Miguel Cintra Luís Miguel Cintra ... Self - Portuguese Actor
Michel Lubrano di Sbaraglione Michel Lubrano di Sbaraglione ... Pescador
François Da Silva François Da Silva ... Cliente do Pescador
Nikos Hatzopoulos ... Padre Ortodoxo
Antònio Ferraiolo Antònio Ferraiolo ... Cicerone Pompeia
Alparslan Salt Alparslan Salt ... Cicerone Museu de Santa Sophia
Ricardo Trêpa ... Oficial
David Cardoso David Cardoso ... Oficial
Júlia Buisel Júlia Buisel ... Amiga de Delfina
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Storyline

A meditation on civilization. July, 2001: friends wave as a cruise ship departs Lisbon for Mediterranean ports and the Indian Ocean. On board and on day trips in Marseilles, Pompeii, Athens, Istanbul, and Cairo, a professor tells her young daughter about myth, history, religion, and wars. Men approach her; she's cool, on her way to her husband in Bombay. After Cairo, for two evenings divided by a stop in Aden, the captain charms three successful, famous (and childless) women, who talk with wit and intellect, each understanding the others' native tongue, a European union. The captain asks mother and child to join them. He gives the girl a gift. Helena sings. Life can be sweet. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | History | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Madragoa Filmes [Portugal]

Country:

Portugal | France | Italy

Language:

Portuguese | French | Italian | English | Greek

Release Date:

15 October 2003 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

A Talking Picture See more »

Filming Locations:

Athens, Greece See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,325, 12 December 2004

Gross USA:

$20,237

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$601,815
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This was Irene Papas' third and final collaboration with Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira, and also Papas' last movie before she retired. See more »

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Great film
21 September 2005 | by michelerealiniSee all my reviews

This is another Great film of 97year old Portuguese director Manoel De Oliveira (a legend!). It's incredible how this director still creative is... His stories are simple and deep. He demonstrates that with a low budget you can always do strong films, with good lines.

A mother takes her daughter to a cruise trip through Mediterranean Sea. She teaches her story and gets in touch with three European women and the ship's captain. Everyone speaks his own language... That's why it's a "Talking picture", a meeting among people of several cultures. The dialogue follow the everyday life. The film seems to be very calm and seems to tell simply a friendship story, until the final scene... Where we remain totally surprised.

A small, cultivated and poetic picture, from an European big director.


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