Dir. Manoel de Oliviera (2001). The story of an aging actors bereavement shows Manoel de Oliveira in a surprisingly humanist mode; this restrained, precise, and unobtrusively wry character study may be as close as he ever came to making a commercial movie. Michel Piccoli savors a role allowing him full rangedoddering monster, wise enchanter, genial celebrity, stubborn artist, doting grandfather, and, finally, miscast actor. Take the title as you will, Oliveiras confidence is exceeded only by his serenity.
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