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With: Lima Duarte, Luís Miguel Cintra, Ricardo Trepa, Miguel Guilherme, Leonor Silveira, Renato De Carmine, Diogo Dória, Canto e Castro, Paulo Matos, Duarte de Almeida, Rogério Vieira, Lu�s Lima Barreto
Written by: Manoel de Oliveira
Directed by: Manoel de Oliveira
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Language: Portuguese with English subtitles
Running Time: 130
Date: 08/31/2000
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Word and Utopia (2000)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Painterly

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Portuguese master Manoel de Oliveira keeps on ticking at age 94 with this portrait of a 17th century priest, Padre António Vieira (played by three different actors at three different ages), dedicated to helping Indians and blacks. Oliveira skips the usual bio-pic formula in favor of an extremely slow exploration of Vieira's soul. Each set-up is like a painting and the camera never moves an inch away from them. Vieira's passion and beliefs bring certain scenes to life, while other scenes quietly explore the man's essence. Word and Utopia can be rough going, but it's well worth it.

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