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A heartbroken young accountant (Ricardo Trepa) reminisces to a bemused stranger on a train (Leonor Silveira) about his doomed and costly infatuation with a mysterious blond woman (Catarina Wallenstein) whose key character flaw is revealed in a series of flashbacks. Born in 1908, Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira (Inquietude) can be excused for not caring to learn new tricks, but this mannered, mildy surreal art-house curiosity feels like a diluted Buñuel feature circa 1973. Still, at 64 minutes it doesn’t outstay its welcome. In Portuguese with subtitles.


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