Eccentricities of a Blonde-haired Girl

Director: Manoel de Oliveira
Year Released: 2009
Rating: 2.0

Achingly simple film - based on a short story by Eça de Queirós - about an accountant who works for his grouchy uncle, spots a beautiful young girl in the neighboring window with a fan and wants to marry her, but has to gain his uncle's approval first ... and eventually discovers that she's a bit of a klepto. I'm used to Oliveira's 'direction' of his actors by now - intentionally unnatural delivery, odd posturing - but this picture is a mere trifle (even at one hour): the young lady in question only has one eccentricity to speak of (her thievery) and the only possible lesson learned from the hero is that girls can skillfully hide some dark secrets. I learn more about women by watching Tyra.