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2,572 Ratings

Tabu

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Directed by Miguel Gomes
Portugal, Germany, 2012
Drama, Romance
      Portuguese
      English

Synopsis

A temperamental old woman, her Cape Verdean maid, and a socially-conscious neighbor live on the same floor of a Lisbon apartment complex. When the old lady falls ill, the other two learn of an outlandish episode from her youth: a story of love and crime set in Africa.

Our take

Miguel Gomes’s dazzling two-pronged tribute to old age, memory, & classic cinema is a bewitching, often funny journey with an atmosphere all its own. Like the ingenious Arabian Nights, Tabu is nearly impossible to categorize, but one thing’s for certain: it’s an arthouse high point of the 2010s.

Synopsis

A temperamental old woman, her Cape Verdean maid, and a socially-conscious neighbor live on the same floor of a Lisbon apartment complex. When the old lady falls ill, the other two learn of an outlandish episode from her youth: a story of love and crime set in Africa.

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TabuDirected byMiguel Gomes
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Awards & Festivals

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Berlin International Film Festival
2012 | Winner: FIPRESCI Prize
Village Voice Film Poll
2012 | 2 nominations including: Best Director
Indiewire Critics' Poll
2012 | Nominee: Best Director

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