Magic Mirror (Espelho Mágico)
Magic Mirror tells the story of Alfreda, a wealthy, religious, and bored housewife. She spends her days desperately worshipping the Virgin Mary, entreating her to appear. Soon, an ex-con concocts a scheme to fake revelations for Alfreda, arranging for a local woman to impersonate the Virgin.
In a career than spans seven decades, director Manoel de Oliveira has developed a cinematic style that is at once deeply pictorial and profoundly philosophical. His is a cinema that deeply probes the very possibilities of a visual epistemology. (Oliveira, 2005, 137 minutes, 35mm print)