A Talking Picture (2003)

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.

Directing:
  • Manoel de Oliveira

Writing:
  • Manoel de Oliveira

Stars:
Release Date: 2003-08-31
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  • Country: PT, IT, FR
  • Language: English | Français | ελληνικά | Italiano | Português
  • Runtime: 96
Irene Papas
Irene Papas
Helena
Catherine Deneuve
Catherine Den...
Delfina
Leonor Silveira
Leonor Silvei...
Rosa Maria
John Malkovich
John Malkovic...
Comandante John Walesa
Stefania Sandrelli
Stefania Sand...
Francesca
Luís Miguel Cintra
Luís Miguel C...
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