Eccentricities Of A Blonde-Haired Girl (U)
Friday 06 August 2010
Nothing about this short film could be as remarkable as its creator: Manoel de Oliveira will turn 102 years old this December, making him by some distance the oldest man ever to direct a feature film.
Updated from a story by the 19th-century Portuguese novelist Eça de Queiróz, it unfolds the romantic misadventure of a young accountant, as told to a stranger he meets on a train. Macario (Ricardo Trepa) sees from his office window a young blonde woman (Catarina Wallenstein) fanning herself in the apartment opposite, and falls in love. The story's period origins intrude here – how many young Portuguese professionals today would ask their uncle/employer for permission to marry? – but de Oliveira's dreamlike mood neutralises such implausibility.
There are perhaps shades of Bresson in its highly deliberate, simple style, though even Bresson might have balked at the austerity of the ending. Old-fashioned without being old-hat, beady and yet wistful, this meditation on desire and its travails has a light touch, and it belies the astonishing age of its maker.
BBC Trust agrees to axe channel from TV in favour of digital moveTV
Final Top Gear reviewTV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Florida man sentenced to two-and-a-half years for having sex on the beach in front of a child
- 2 Autistic teenager beaten up by bullies makes them watch 20-minute video about autism
- 3 Nick Kyrgios calls former Olympian Dawn Fraser a 'blatant racist' after she tells Wimbledon star to 'go back where their parents came from'
- 4 World learns of app that shows you who unfriended you on Facebook, app promptly crashes
- 5 Chris Moyles reportedly set to make radio comeback with new breakfast show on XFM
Game of Thrones season 6: Daenerys actress Emilia Clarke says '50/50 chance' Jon Snow is alive
Chronixx interview: Reggae sensation on taking the opening spot at Glastonbury and calling Barack Obama a 'waste man'
Game of Thrones season 6: Director Jack Bender says showrunners 'communicate closely' with George RR Martin
Top Gear: Jeremy Clarkson 'can't front ITV motoring show' due to BBC contract clause
Amy Winehouse film: Mark Ronson praises 'respectful' movie as it scores highest ever UK opening for British documentary
More Britons believe that multiculturalism makes the country worse - not better, says poll
Osborne to cap family benefits at £23,000 – announced ahead of his post-election Budget
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
Sickness and disability benefits could be reduced by £30 a week as part of £12bn welfare cuts