Review: “The Strange Case of Angelica.”

The Strange Case of Angelica has the patient, methodical pace one would expect from a director who has been around for over a century. Portuguese writer/director Manoel de Oliveira tells a meditative ghost story, one where feelings of romance persist beyond the grave, but the movie’s glacial pace eliminates any sense of suspense or lust. Such an approach is by design; de Oliveira uses long takes – really long takes – to communicate the depth of feeling his hero possesses. The technique is sometimes maddening, yet it consistently inspires worthwhile thoughtfulness.

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