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With: Marcello Mastroianni, Jean-Yves Gautier, Leonor Silveira, Diogo Doria, Isabel de Castro, Cecile Sanz de Alba, Jose Pinto
Written by: Manoel de Oliveira
Directed by: Manoel de Oliveira
MPAA Rating: NR
Language: French, Portuguese, with English subtitles
Running Time: 95
Date: 05/05/1997

Voyage to the Beginning of the World (1997)

4 Stars (out of 4)


By Jeffrey M. Anderson

90-year-old Manoel De Oliveira's Voyage to the Beginning of the World is a lovely look at memories, the past, and endings. The great Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni, in his last role, is a movie director named Manoel working on location in Portugal. Both he and his lead actor, Alfonso (Jean-Yves Gautier), take trips into their pasts; Manoel emotionally, and Alfonso literally, as he visits his elderly aunt for the first time. It's slightly talky, but beautifully autumnal, oddly relaxing and very moving.

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