• 2012
  • Portugal, Germany, Brazil, France
  • 1h 58min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Miguel Gomes
  • Cast: Teresa Madruga, Laura Soveral, Ana Moreira, Henrique Espírito Santo, Carloto Cotta, Isabel Cardoso, Ivo Müller, Manuel Mesquita, Cándido Manuel
  • Language: Portuguese
  • UK release: 7 September 2012

In contemporary Lisbon, kind-hearted Pilar becomes concerned for her paranoid neighbour Aurora; this starts an investigation that goes back to Aurora’s childhood in Africa. Gomes’ wonderfully cinematic film is really two films in one, conversing with each other on themes of childhood and colonialism in a delightful juxtaposition.

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Miguel Gomes, director of Tabu - interview

4 Sep 2012

The film has marked the director out as a major new voice in international cinema

A senile woman in contemporary Lisbon who runs away to the casino whenever she gets the chance; a secret, destructive love affair that unravels in 60s colonial Africa; and a pet crocodile that keeps on escaping from its enclosure: these are the unusual…


14 Aug 20124 stars

Two beautifully shot films rolled into one directorial triumph for Miguel Gomes

Portuguese director Miguel Gomes’ distinct follow up to Our Beloved Month of August is in fact two films rolled into one - both of completely different genres. The first is a contemporary-set story of Pilar, a kind-hearted woman living in Lisbon who…


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