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Tabu

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Portugal, Germany, Brazil
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2012

1h 50m

Director Miguel Gomes
Starring Teresa Madruga, Laura Soveral, Henrique Espírito Santo, Carloto Cotta

Genre Drama, Romance

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When Pilar's befriended neighbour Aurora dies, Pilar starts to dig into Aurora's past and learns about Aurora's very tragic love story.

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80

The Hollywood Reporter by

Another charmingly eccentric exercise in meta-fiction from Portugal's offbeat new directing star Miguel Gomes, Tabu chooses to explore its characters without following narrative rules, or rather, by reshuffling hackneyed tropes from film and novels to turn them into strange, modern entertainment.
50

The New York Times by A.O. Scott

It is, of course, art rather than history - an elegant composition of dreams, memories and suggestive images - but its artfulness seems like an alibi, an excuse for keeping the ugliness of history out of the picture.
80

Total Film by Carmen Gray

This blend of tongue-in-cheek exoticism and desire so strong it makes crocodiles melancholic amply rewards your patience.
80

Empire by David Parkinson

Shot in beautiful black and white with some stunning visuals, Gomes' narrative quest is a understated gem.
60

Time Out by Joshua Rothkopf

The whole second half suggests a new way of storytelling-like one of those Wes Anderson montages done by an obsessive fan of Hatari! To judge from Tabu's first hour, pacing is not Gomes's strong suit, yet the filmmaker who emerges might win you over.
83

The A.V. Club by Scott Tobias

Like other great pastiche artists, Gomes has created a time machine to a cinematic era that never quite existed, so it feels simultaneously borrowed and new.

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