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Tabu (2012)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $0Details
Home Market Performance
Est. Domestic DVD Sales $32,766 Details
Total Est. Domestic Video Sales $32,766
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PILAR spends her first years of retirement trying to straighten up the world and dealing with other people’s guilt, an increasingly frustrating task these days. She takes part in peace vigils, collaborates with Catholic charities, wants to lodge young Polish girls coming to Lisbon on a Taizé ecumenical meeting and constantly hangs up and takes down an ugly painting made by a friend so as not to offend his feelings should it not be in view when he comes to visit. She is mostly troubled by her neighbor AURORA’s loneliness, a temperamental and eccentric octogenarian who escapes to the casino whenever she has any money on her. She talks constantly about her daughter who seems to not want to see her, has hangovers from anti-depressants and suspects her Cape-Verdean maid SANTA is wickedly practicing voodoo against her. We know little of Santa, who is sparse with her words, follows orders and thinks that everyone should mind their own business. She goes to adult literacy classes and practices at night by reading a young reader's edition of Robinson Crusoe stretched out on her boss’s couch while smoking cigarettes.3 Before dying, Aurora will make a mysterious request and the other two join efforts to accomplish it. She wants to meet a man, GIAN LUCA VENTURA, someone nobody knew existed until then. Pilar and Santa will find that he does exist but are informed he is no longer sane. Ventura has a secret pact with Aurora and a story to tell; a story that occurred fifty years ago, shortly before the beginning of the Portuguese colonial war. It starts like this: “Aurora had a farm in Africa at the foothill of Mount Tabu..."


Movie Details

Domestic Releases: December 26th, 2012 (Limited) by Adopt Films
Video Release: October 29th, 2013 by Kino Video
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 118 minutes
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Keywords: Terminal Illness, Non-Chronological, Infidelity, Same Role, Multiple Actors, Voiceover/Narration
Source:Original Screenplay
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Contemporary Fiction
Production Companies: O Som e a Furia, Komplizen, Gullane, Shellac Sud, ZDF, Arte
Production Countries: Portugal

Leading Cast


Supporting Cast

Laura Soveral    Old Aurora
Ana Moreira    Young Aurora
Carloto Cotta    Young Ventura
Henrique Espirito Santo    Old Ventura
Isabel Cardoso    Santa
Ivo Muller    Aurora's Husband
Manuel Mesquita    Mario

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Production and Technical Credits

Miguel Gomes    Screenwriter
Mariana Ricardo    Screenwriter
Rui Pocas    Cinematographer
Bruno Lourenco    1st Assistant Director
Bruno Duarte    Set Decorator
Silvia Grabowski    Costume Designer
Araceli Fuente    Make-up and Hair Designer
Donna Meirelles    Make-up and Hair Designer
Telmo Churro    Editor
Miguel Gomes    Editor
Miguel Martins    Sound Editor
Antonio Lopes    Sound Editor
Miguel Martins    Sound Mixer
Joaquim Carvalho    Production Manager
Alexander Bohr    Associate Producer
Luis Urbano    Executive Producer
Janine Jackowski    Co-Producer
Jonas Dornbach    Co-Producer
Maren Ade    Co-Producer
Fabiano Gullane    Co-Producer
Caio Gullane    Co-Producer
Thomas Ordonneau    Co-Producer
Luis Urbano    Producer
Sandro Aguilar    Producer

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