A sui generis marriage of opera and cannibalism, this film (on which Pinto worked in the sound department) sets out to turn opera on its head, just as Oliveira had done with theater in earlier films like 1986’s My Case (which Pinto also did the sound for). When high-society Marguerite marries an aristocratic viscount despite the protestations of her plot-hatching ex-lover, Don Juan, mounting tensions boil over in truly bizarre fashion as Marguerite’s new husband reveals an unbelievable secret. A work that initially presents a veneer of stately respectability before racing off in strange and hilarious directions, The Cannibals is among Oliveira's most underrated and entertaining films.

  • Directed By Manoel de Oliveira
  • 1988
  • Portugal
  • Portuguese with English subtitles
  • 35mm
  • 99 minutes