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Mon 8 Jun 2015, 6:30pm–8:25pm

Where: Academy Cinemas, 44 Lorne St, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: M

Ticket Information:

  • New Premier 12 Month Membership: $165.00
  • Returning/Concession 12 Month Membership: $140.00
  • 3 Film Sampler: $30.00
  • Special: New Membership - 2 Friends Joining at the same session: $140.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: AuckFilmSoc

Director: Miguel Gomes - Portugal/Germany 2012 - 113 mins, HD (1,37:1), black and white - M sex scenes
In Portuguese with English subtitles
With: Teresa Madruga (Pilar), Laura Soveral (old Aurora), Ana Moreira (young Aurora), Carloto Cotta (young Ventura), Henrique Espírito Santo (old Ventura), Isabel Cardoso (Santa), Ivo Müller (Aurora’s husband), Manuel Mesquita (Mário)

A great love affair and a long-lost world are recalled as if caught in a 50s newsreel in this heady, beguiling and inimitably Portuguese film. After a quick fable concerning an alligator, Tabu begins in a drab apartment in modern Lisbon. Lonely middle-aged Pilar worries about her elderly neighbour Aurora, a tetchy grande dame apt to run amok at the casino. With her dire suspicions of her black maid and demented dreams of demon monkeys, she’s a handful. A mysterious old man, Gianluca, summoned to Aurora’s deathbed, explains the monkeys. His melodious voice recounts the headlong affair he and Aurora shared many years earlier, when Aurora was a famous big game hunter and married to a man with a large estate in Portuguese Africa. The language is poetic, beautifully rendered in the subtitles; the story full of drama, complications and eccentric asides, not least Gianluca’s band covering Phil Spector hits. Gomes shifts the visual register from the flat realism of the first half to catch past events, both public and searingly private, in beautifully grained B&W images that suggest a 50s ‘Life in the Colonies’ newsreel found in a Portuguese Embassy film library. As the young lovers, Ana Moreira and Carloto Cotta are incandescent, vintage movie romance incarnate. — Bill Gosden, NZIFF 2012

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