- O NOSSO OLIVEIRA - INQUIETUDEDecember 21, 2022
by Manoel da Oliveira
1998 | 130’ | M12 | Portugal
The 89-year-old Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira wrote and helmed this Portuguese-French-Spanish-Swiss co-production, an anthology film drama featuring three tales linked by the theme of death. In 'The Immortals,' adapted from a Helder Prista Monteiro play, two famous doctors, an 80-year-old father, and his 60-year-old son, contemplate senility and death. 'Suzy,' from an Antonio Patricio story, is set in the '30s when a young courtesan dies on the operating table. 'Mother of the River' is from an Agustina Bessa-Luis fable about eternal life. Shown out of competition at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival.
Two films, two conversations and two days of workshops, this is 'O Nosso Oliveira'. It is impossible to think of Portuguese cinema without thinking of one of the greatest masters of European cinema. In a year in which several books were published about Manoel de Oliveira and his cinema, we chose 'Inquietude' and 'The Uncertainty Principle', two brilliant and timeless moments in world cinematography.