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Voyage To The Beginning Of The World (1996)
Starring: Cecile Sanz De Alba, Isabel de Castro, Diogo Doria, Jean-Yves Gautier, Jose Pinto, Isabel Ruth, Leonor Silveira, Adelaide Teixeira
Director: Manoel De Oliveira
Category: Foreign, Drama, Independent
Studio: Strand Releasing
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"Anyone Interested In The Poetry Of Aging Will Be Moved By Oliveira's Vigor And Clarity."- Lisa Schwarzbaum, US Magazine

"One of the most beautiful films ever made about aging.Voyage To The Beginning Of The World brings together 89-year-old Portuguese film maker Manoel de Oliveira and Italian icon Marcello Mastroianni, in what would be his last film.Playing a film maker clearly based on Oliveira, Mastoianni takes three actor friends on a driving tour of a mountain village, where one of the actors is united with the elderly aunt her has never met.Family becomes the link between the past and present, in a film of great simplicity, dignity and wisdom.Through Mastroianni, Oliveira speculates on beginnings and endings (the village is in the north, where the Portuguese nation began), on what remains of the past (a primitive wooden statue, the meaning of which has been lost) and on what disappears (the ruins of a hotel).The cinematography, by Renato Berta, is at once radiantly clear and surrealistically devoid of detail - as if what we were seeing was already a recollection."- Dave Kehr, NY Daily News