A WOMAN'S REVENGE
[A Vingança de Uma Mulher]
Rita Azevedo Gomes adapts one of the juiciest stories from Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly's scandalous 1874 collection "Les Diaboliques" (the same author's 1851 novel "Une Vieille Maîtresse" was recently adapted by Catherine Breillat), in this handsomely conceived, provocative period drama, reminiscent of recent work by Manoel de Oliveira for its self- conscious theatricality, and Raúl Ruiz (MYSTERIES OF LISBON) for its delight in stories-within-stories. Roberto is a rich and handsome libertine, disdainful of convention and a seeker of new adventures. On one evening's debauch, he meets an exceptionally beautiful prostitute, one whose manner and bearing mark her as a lady of refinement. Intrigued, he wants to know more about her. What follows is a hair-raising tale of a wronged noblewoman, a troubled marriage, an illicit affair, murder and a very complex revenge. Official Selection, 2012 Rotterdam, Edinburgh Film Festivals.
DIR/SCR Rita Azevedo Gomes; PROD Joana Ferreira. Portugal, 2012, color, 100 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles. NOT RATED S
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