Posted in Brazilian Film

AQUARIUS (2016)

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A film by Kleber Mendonça Filho

Cast: Sonia Braga, Maeve Jinkings, Irandhir Santos

Clara, a middle-aged widowed a former music critic who is retired is fighting a ruthless property firm for ownership of her lifelong beachside apartment.

The film open on a flash back in the 80’s where clara was younger with her husband and kid where she just survive breast cancer and left her with a scar. the next thing is 2016 she is still in the same apartment but a firm wants her out and makes an offer that clare refused to look at. There is a scene where clara is interview by a journalist where she is lecturing her  about the way in which a record can hold a history. it is the scene that will throw the film off balance from the theme of it and Kleber Mendonça Filho gets away with it. Here is a woman who’s has such a force not to be reckoned with. Braga here shine in the role of Clara she throws is quite an unbelievable performance and Kleber Mendonça Filho makes the most of it doing some great close up so we can absorb her facial expression. The tension is rising very slowly here until the end where it is going to blow but not quite like you think it is going to go. The ambience of the film is superb here. Filho does a great job here to make the most of his actresses and actor.it is  a thrilling, thoroughly engaging, and fascinating piece of cinema.

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Posted in Based on a true story, Brazilian Film

THE VIOLIN TEACHER (2016)

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A film by Sérgio Machado

Cast: Lázaro Ramos, Kaique de Jesus, Elzio Vieira

Devoured by stage fright, he fails the audition and reluctantly agrees to teach music to teenagers of Heliopolis, the largest favela in the city (Brazil). Yet in this hostile world, where dealers and gangs reign are supreme, Laertes will forge a strong links between his students and even discover their talent that will change their life forever.

An other based on a true story here is a man who is consumed by stage fright and can’t on with his life. He finds add jobs here and there until he reluctantly take a job teaching in the ghetto. Little did he know that they will need each other in order to survive and over come their fears. Yes the script is  predictable, you even know where the story is going ,but it is still interesting to see how the film maker Sérgio Machado has told the story and even film it. Laertes is passionate, he lives for his music. With his  ability to be always attentive to others, through his sense of humor, he manages to pass on his passion. As for teenagers who form the orchestra, most are non-professional actors. Their well-tempered endearing personality make them  authentic comedians. The director does not shy away from the problems in the favelas. Or even the good people who are pissed at the police. Here is a well tied story that works but is predictable and you will have still a good time.

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Posted in Brazilian Film

THE SECOND MOTHER (2015)

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A film by Anna Muylaert

Cast: Regina Casé, Antonio Abujamra, Helena Albergaria

Anna Muylaert’s heartwarming The Second Mother (2015), starring Regina Casé is a crowd pleaser and festival favorite, it premiered at Sundance where Casé and Camila Márdila won the Special Jury Prize for Acting. Val (Casé), a live-in housekeeper for a wealthy family in São Paulo, has helped bring up their seventeen-year-old son Fabinho (Michel Joelsas). It came with a price she left her estrange husband and her daughter behind in order tomato money and sent some to her daughter she has not seen her in 10 years. One day Val gets a phone call from her daughter now 17, Jéssica (Márdila) contacts Val as she is coming to São Paulo to stake  her entrance exam at the  university. But once there she will destabilized the family.

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Val welcomes Jessica to the home of her boss but Jessica outright refuses to conform to or accept the hierarchies in the affluent family’s home, she is hungry for knowledge wants to study architecture, she is smart and curious about the city, she wants to discover it. Carlos (Lourenço Mutarelli) has no need to work and is bored and is a loner. On the other hand his ambitious wife, Dona Bárbara (Karine Teles), is ambitious  of her social status and is suspicious and pissed of Jéssica and her refusal to fit in. In the meantime you have Val who has a really good relationship with Fabinho but the mother does not how to interact with her son nor how to love him.

There is a refreshing political agenda and Muylaert shows us the class barrier here with a well structure script. There is some cool moment where Dona is forced to make breakfast to Jessica because her mother did not wake  up in time.or the one where Val is serving dinner and the family is in silence mode because they are in their smart phone. I love that one the best. It is a wonderful flawless film here.

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Posted in Brazilian Film, British film

TRASH (2014)

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A film by Stephen Daldry

Cast: Rooney Mara, Martin Sheen, Wagner Moura

3 kids who lives by garbage dumps work there to and picks up plastic anything that is plastic and put it in a trash bag to be recycled. They are from Brazil. one of them makes a stunning discovery a wallet full of cash. Little did they know that their lives are about to change.

Here is a film in the style of Slumdog millionaire. It is from Andy Mulligan’s novel. Here is a director who has it right. He went to the poor neighborhood in Brazil and told the story as is. It is center on the kids that lives in poverty and their acting was flawless and for a kid this has to be hard work to be almost in every frame of the movie. They are kids who have no education nor future. Politician who are corrupt not helping the poor, than you have the police who is corrupt also that does not help. In brazil I was told that there is a corrupted politicians. So the poor on one side and the rich on the other. Nobody cares for the poor. There is a sense of hope in the movie which is nice. Outstanding for the acting for the kids, as well as Martin Sheen. The tension is there and continue during the film continuously. The suspense runs throughout the film also. It could be more realistic but it is entertaining no doubt. I do not want to say more than that just in case you didn’t see the film. It is a fine piece of film with a good ending.

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