Testamento | Chicago Reader


A lusty Cape Verde entrepreneur and confirmed bachelor dies, leaving everything, including an audiotape memoir, to his daughter, who'd known him only as her benefactor. She listens to the recording in contrived increments, learning more about her father as we're shown flashbacks set in the late 1920s to the mid-80s and accompanied by his self-important voice-over. The wistful comic vignettes about how he makes love and money eventually explain with gentle irony and pathos why he never married and why he disinherited a nephew—a character whose main function in the plot is to make his uncle look good. Francisco Manso directed a screenplay by Mario Prata based on a novel by Germano Almeida; with Nelson Xavier, Maria Ceica, and Chico Diaz (1997). 117 min.


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