Dir. Manoel de Oliviera (2001).
The story of an aging actor’s 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 range—doddering monster, wise enchanter, genial celebrity, stubborn artist, doting grandfather, and, finally, miscast actor. Take the title as you will, Oliveira’s confidence is exceeded only by his serenity.
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