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Tabu (2012)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 5 April 2012 (Portugal)
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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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Miguel Gomes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Telmo Churro ... Intrepid explorer
Miguel Gomes ... Narrator (voice)
Hortêncílio Aquina Hortêncílio Aquina ... Porter (as Hortencílio Aquina)
Américo Mota Américo Mota ... Porter
Valentim Hortêncílio Valentim Hortêncílio ... Porter (as Valentim Hortencílio)
Artur Januário Artur Januário ... Porter
Mariana Ricardo Mariana Ricardo ... Explorer's wife / Aurora's friend
Teresa Madruga Teresa Madruga ... Pilar
Maya Kosa Maya Kosa ... Polish woman
Isabel Muñoz Cardoso ... Santa (as Isabel Cardoso)
Laura Soveral ... Aurora
Vítor Manuel Vítor Manuel ... Guide
Cândido Ferreira Cândido Ferreira ... Painter
Maria José Ricardo Maria José Ricardo ... Literacy teacher
Joana Cunha Ferreira 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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Drama | Romance

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Portuguese | English | Polish

Release Date:

5 April 2012 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Tabou See more »

Filming Locations:

Lisbon, Portugal See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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References Tabu: A Story of the South Seas (1931) See more »

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Tú Serás Mi Baby
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Exactly the type of poetic old-fashioned film I adore. With its astonishing cinematography, Tabu is a majestic film that had a profound effect on me.
26 June 2013 | by Sergeant_TibbsSee all my reviews

Tabu is exactly the type of poetic old-fashioned film I adore. It's a simple story told very unconventionally, with the long slow death of a character in the first half (entitled "Paradise Lost") and then the best years of her life in the second ("Paradise") to the point of where the aforementioned Paradise came to an end. The aesthetics of the film are the real highlight here and truly capture the essence of the story in a unique way. The lush texture in the rich black and white photography are a delight to watch, and recall the effects Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man's cinematography had with the ethereal, sometimes tragic and sometimes comic atmosphere it created. The timeless cinematography is also reminiscent of the 1920s studio films with manufactured exterior shots and the use of a traditional 1.37:1 ratio. There's a fascinating use of sound too, with the second half being dialogue-less, despite watching characters talk, and featuring only atmosphere sounds of the jungle. There's also a great use of a Ronettes song that I love ostensibly translated into Portuguese. Tabu is a majestic film that had a profound effect on me. It's an interesting take on the long term consequence of a 'taboo' (in this case, adultery). One of the best of the year.

9/10


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