52nd edition

Vale Abraão

Fortnight 1993, Feature film, 3 h 07


This is the story of Ema, a woman of threatening beauty. To her husband Carlos, whom she has lovelessly married, “a face like hers can justify a man’s life”. Her taste for luxury, the illusions of life she lives on, the desire she arouses have earned her the nickname of “little Bovary”. She is about to meet three lovers, but her romances will not succeed in curbing a growing feeling of delusion, which is nothing more than a “swinging frame of mind”. Ema will die “by accident (who knows?”), on a sunny day, after getting dressed as to go dancing.


  • Cecile Sanz de Alba
  • Diogo Doria
  • Gloria de Matos
  • Isabelle Ruth
  • Joao Perry
  • Leonor Silveira
  • Luis Lima Barreto
  • Luis Miguel Cintra
  • Rui de Carvalho


Manoel de Oliveira d’’après le roman de Agustina Bessa-Luis, “Vale Abraao”

Mario Barroso

Henri Maikoff

Manoel de Oliveira, Valérie Loiseleux

Set decoration
Maria José Branco


Production : Madragoa Filmes, Lisbonne, Portugal Venteà l’étranger : Mercure Distribution, Paris, France

Title in Original Version : Le val Abraham