Manoel de Oliveira
P 2005
137 min

Based on a novel by Agustina Bessa-Luís, Espelho mágico tells of Alfreda, a wealthy but frail woman whose greatest desire is to have a vision of the Virgin Mary before she dies. Introduced into her life is a young man recently released from jail named Luciano, a decent individual who is not above thinking that it might be helpful to provide Alfreda with the apparition she wishes. Nothing quite turns out the way anybody expects, and there are suggestions of the super-natural with elements unexplained, but Oliveiras touch is sure, and the result is an atmospheric piece of work that lingers in the mind. (Ray Bennett)

  • Leonor Silveira - Alfreda
  • Ricardo Trepa - Luciano
  • Leonor Baldaque - Abril
  • Luís Miguel Cintra - Filipe Quinta
  • Glória de Matos - Hilda
  • Marisa Paredes - Nun
  • Michel Piccoli - Prof. Heschel
  • Manoel de Oliveira nach einer Vorlage von Agustina Bessa-Luís
  • Renato Berta
  • Henri Maikoff
  • Valérie Loiseleux
  • Mónica Baldaque
  • Mónica Baldaque
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35 mm
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