Tabu Image
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  • Summary: A restless retired woman teams up with her deceased neighbor's maid to find 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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  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
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  1. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Dec 31, 2012
    100
    If you have the patience to watch this film develop and unfold, like some bizarre night-blooming orchid, what you'll see is not just the last movie released in 2012, but possibly the most original of them all.
  2. Reviewed by: John Semley
    Dec 14, 2012
    100
    The pangs of romance, eroticism, anguish, and longing (both for the stolen moments of private passion and for the sense-making schematics of Empire) transcend any period of cinema Tabu may evoke.
  3. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Jan 2, 2013
    90
    Tabu manages to be both classical and modern, ironic and heartbreaking.
  4. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Dec 27, 2012
    83
    Like other great pastiche artists, Gomes has created a time machine to a cinematic era that never quite existed, so it feels simultaneously borrowed and new.
  5. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    Dec 14, 2012
    80
    Shot in beautiful black and white with some stunning visuals, Gomes' narrative quest is a understated gem.
  6. Reviewed by: Carmen Gray
    Dec 14, 2012
    80
    This blend of tongue-in-cheek exoticism and desire so strong it makes crocodiles melancholic amply rewards your patience.
  7. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Dec 26, 2012
    50
    It is, of course, art rather than history - an elegant composition of dreams, memories and suggestive images - but its artfulness seems like an alibi, an excuse for keeping the ugliness of history out of the picture.

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