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  • Summary: In the late 19th century, a honored but poor patriarch sacrifices himself to protect his fugitive son.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
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  1. Reviewed by: Aaron Cutler
    May 27, 2014
    80
    Gebo and the Shadow is a film about concrete, hard, and material things, as well as one about illusions.
  2. Reviewed by: Jesse Cataldo
    May 22, 2014
    75
    It defines Manoel de Oliveira's late period, during which his movies have continued to shrink in size and scope while remaining thematically expansive.
  3. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    May 28, 2014
    70
    Mr. Oliveira relishes the formality of conversation, and there is great pleasure to be found in listening to the actors and watching the small adjustments of posture and gesture that accompany their words.
  4. Reviewed by: Neil Young
    May 29, 2014
    70
    De Oliveira evokes the suffocating, stultifying confines of the family dwelling all too convincingly, to an extent that requires considerable indulgence and attention from his audience. This investment is duly repaid in the second half.
  5. Reviewed by: Boyd van Hoeij
    May 29, 2014
    70
    Though perfs and dialogue remain somewhat theatrical, the combined acting prowess of the trio ensures the emotions are heartfelt.