A Talking Picture

  • Release Date: Dec 10, 2004
User Score
5.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 4 out of 10
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  1. Matthew
    Jun 22, 2005
    10
    It is a rare film that asks questions of those who watch it, and this is one of those films. What happens when our civilization's enlightened discourse falls short of the mark? Oliveira does not propose an answer, in its place, he gives an explosion. The explosion at the end recontextualizes everything that has come before it: the long (some might say boring) tableaux become It is a rare film that asks questions of those who watch it, and this is one of those films. What happens when our civilization's enlightened discourse falls short of the mark? Oliveira does not propose an answer, in its place, he gives an explosion. The explosion at the end recontextualizes everything that has come before it: the long (some might say boring) tableaux become beautiful because they are revealed as ephemeral; the whimsical (some might say pointless) song and conversations become heartfelt because, after the explosion, human hearts (and the rest of the body) have disintegrated. This is not a thinking man's film; it is for people who have faith in their own emotions. Expand
  2. EduardR.
    Feb 20, 2006
    7
    I thought this was an excellent film with a stark and poignant commentary on the muslims' answer to our modern civilization.
  3. ChadS.
    Mar 27, 2006
    7
    The little girl is innocent, but her mother, an academic, should've known what ownership of that doll signified. The climax is unsettling, yet its full impact is somewhat undermined by the maverick, yet ungainly way the film is structured. "A Talking Picture" sputters when we pull away from the history professor and her daughter, and centers on the small party at the captain's The little girl is innocent, but her mother, an academic, should've known what ownership of that doll signified. The climax is unsettling, yet its full impact is somewhat undermined by the maverick, yet ungainly way the film is structured. "A Talking Picture" sputters when we pull away from the history professor and her daughter, and centers on the small party at the captain's table. There's an intellectual reason for this gambit, but it's exceedingly long and boring. On the other hand, the exceedingly long conversations in which the mother imparts knowledge to her inquisitive little girl, either through her or with help from a local, are also tedious, but the history lessons, while boring us, act as a form of parental love. Expand
  4. seth
    Apr 11, 2005
    10
    Very solid film, I enjoyed every last minute. It worked on the level of travelogue, if you're interested in european culture and want to tag along for an interesting trip it's fun in that way. It's ultimately about much more and this greater level of depth is why the movie's a 10 and not just a fun little trifle.
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Initially this seems naive and archaic, but it conceals a Buñuelian stinger in its tail.
  2. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    70
    A film destined to divide Manoel de Oliveira's fans but also to win him new ones, A Talking Picture is his simplest, most linear story in memory.
  3. 70
    Still astonishingly vital at 96, the Portuguese maestro Manoel de Oliveira here takes a becalmed trip through stormy waters.