Picks and Pans Review: The Other Side of the Street

updated 03/07/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/07/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST

Fernanda Montenegro

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Montenegro, the mesmerizing Brazilian actress nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for 1998's Central Station, is back and radiant as ever in this charming Portuguese-language film. She plays an embittered older divorcée in Rio de Janeiro who—shades of Rear Window—thinks she spots from her window a murder in an apartment across the street. The twist is that Montenegro, conducting her own investigation, cozies up to the supposed killer, a respected judge (Raul Cortez), only to fall for him. This is a movie that respects age and its wisdom, but also knows love makes fools of us all. (Not rated)

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