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Eccentricities of a Blonde-Haired Girl (2009)

Singularidades de uma Rapariga Loura (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 6 August 2010 (USA)
A young man falls helplessly in love with a mysterious blonde woman who turns his life upside down.

Director:

Manoel de Oliveira

Writers:

Eça de Queirós (short story), Manoel de Oliveira (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ricardo Trêpa ... Macário
Catarina Wallenstein ... Luísa
Diogo Dória Diogo Dória ... Francisco
Júlia Buisel Júlia Buisel ... D. Vilaça
Leonor Silveira Leonor Silveira ... Senhora
Luís Miguel Cintra Luís Miguel Cintra ... Himself
Glória de Matos Glória de Matos ... D. Sande
Filipe Vargas Filipe Vargas ... Amigo
Rogério Samora ... Chapéu de Palha
Miguel Guilherme ... Faleiro
Rogério Vieira Rogério Vieira
Paulo Matos Paulo Matos ... Desconhecido
António Reis António Reis ... Cónego Savedra
Miguel Seabra Miguel Seabra ... Notário
Luís Lima Barreto Luís Lima Barreto ... Desembargador
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Storyline

On a train to the Algarve, Macário tells his story to a sympathetic woman he's just met. In flashbacks he arrives in Lisbon to work as an accountant and a broker for his uncle. From his office window, he sees a young woman, Luísa: he's intrigued and finds her beautiful; she holds a Chinese fan near her face. He arranges to meet her, and they fall in love. When he tells his uncle he wants to marry, not only does his uncle disapprove, he fires Macário who then leaves his uncle's home to live on his own. Penniless, he takes a job in Cape Verde to earn some money so Luísa and he can wed. Will she wait, and what of her peculiarities? His seatmate on the train wants the whole story. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

Portugal | Spain | France

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

6 August 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Eigenheiten einer jungen Blondine See more »

Filming Locations:

Lisbon, Portugal See more »

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Ricardo Trêpa is the director's grandson See more »

Soundtracks

Arabesque No.1
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By Claude Debussy
Performed by Ana Paula Miranda
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Portugese veteran's short story movie.
22 June 2009 | by MozjoukineSee all my reviews

Is this the first movie by a hundred hear old director and is it any good? Clerk Trêpa working in his uncle's office becomes infatuated with the girl with the fan who he sees in the window opposite the one at which he clerks. He meets and wins her with curious ease but his uncle's unexplained opposition sends him off to Cape Verde where he makes a fortune off screen, that he loses equally easily and he finds his new intended has this alarming flaw - that's an hour and we can go home.

The simplicity of the staging and the glowing interior camera-work do contribute atmosphere but the emphasis is all over the place and the characterisations never connect up.

I'm not a great admirer of the films de Olivera made half a century back so I'm not likely to find this piece more than a curiosity. It has the Old Man Film quality of pieces like Huston's THE DEAD or IMMORTAL STORY without being as good.


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