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A Talking Picture Image
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75

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  • Summary: A young history professor and her seven-year-old daughter embark on a cruise through the Mediterranean Sea and befriend three famous women of different nationalities. (Kino International)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. As a nonagenarian, de Oliveira is the world's oldest working filmmaker, and still one of the best. This is a lovely, lively, timely treat for the eyes and mind.
  2. In both its intellectual reach and the elegant simplicity of its form, A Talking Picture bears resemblance to Andrei Sokurov's "Russian Ark."
  3. It's a great film that, sadly, may be ignored by all but the most dedicated, knowledgable filmgoers.
  4. This is full of talk in the European art cinema tradition: intellectual conversations (often in multiple languages at once), gentile dinner conversation with an international all-star guest list.
  5. 75
    Moves along its tranquil way until about five minutes before the closing credits, when it turns into a terrorist thriller.
  6. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    75
    A potent and troubling meditation on the state of Western society.
  7. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    40
    This intermittently interesting symbolic tour through European history once again places ideas over aesthetics and technique.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 2 out of 6