Eccentricities of a Blonde-Haired Girl

Eccentricities of a Blonde-Haired Girl

When a young man falls in love with an enigmatic blonde, his life changes direction. 3.4 out of 5 based on 11 reviews
Eccentricities of a Blonde-Haired Girl

Omniscore:

Certificate U
Genre Foreign, , Drama
Director Manoel de Oliveira
Cast Catarina Wallenstein, Diogo Dória Ricardo Trêpa
Studio Filmes do Tejo
Release Date August 2010
Running Time 64 minw
 

When a young man falls in love with an enigmatic blonde, his life changes direction.

Reviews

The Observer

Philip French

The film unfolds in a series of carefully framed tableaux, the acting is stylised, the result exquisite.

08/08/2010

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Time Out

David Jenkins

Sly, understated and ruthlessly focused, the functional yet elegant photography by Sabine Lancelin enhances the film’s ironic kick.

04/11/2010

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The Evening Standard

Derek Malcolm

This is not one of Oliveira’s most memorable works but it still provides a lesson in unobtrusive but pointed film-making.

06/08/2010

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The Financial Times

Nigel Andrews

This is a bewitching movie. The director’s more recent one, screened at Cannes, The Strange Case of Angelica, is even better. Don’t anyone tell or remind de Oliveira, please, that he is too old to be alive, never mind to be making miniaturist masterworks.

04/08/2010

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The Sunday Times

Edward Porter

The film is short and slight, and you wouldn’t want to go to great expense or trouble to see it in a cinema. On its own terms, though, it’s a winner.

08/08/2010

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Total Film

Tom Dawson

Contrasting elegant surfaces and heartfelt feelings, it’s an enigmatic gem – and at 64 mins, truly succinct.

02/08/2010

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The Independent

Anthony Quinn

Old-fashioned without being old-hat, beady and yet wistful, this meditation on desire and its travails has a light touch, and it belies the astonishing age of its maker.

06/08/2010

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The Daily Telegraph

Tim Robey

It’s a curious, elliptical little film about people cocooned in their own romantic notions: at barely over an hour, the lethargic pace is easy to live with

05/08/2010

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The Times

Kate Muir

The Portuguese film-maker is ... in a league beyond sensible criticism, but we can safely say that his new effort is mighty peculiar and mercifully short.

06/08/2010

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The Independent on Sunday

Nicholas Barber

You could argue that his age isn't relevant, but if it weren't for that talking point, it's difficult to believe that this creaky hour of am-dram would be released.

08/08/2010

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The Guardian

Steve Rose

Taken as an extended anecdote, though, this creaky tale of masculine obsession is not without its charms – in a Luis Buñuel-on-anti-depressants sort of way.

05/08/2010

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