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  This feature film debut from Brazilian filmmaker Mauro Carvalho is an utterly charming tale of young love that failed to run its course once real life got in its way.  It is told to us by one half of the couple Diego (Thiago Cazado) some years later as he reflects back on what life was like before … Continue reading

Dear Mom

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It’s very tough being the slightest bit sympathetic for Helosia (Letícia Sabatella) the protagonist in Brazilian filmmaker Jeremias Moreira Filho, and Dani Carneiro’s   family drama as she refuses to take any responsibility for her unhappy life.    She blames her elderly mother Ruth (Selma Egrei ) for the her unfulfilling job as  a hospital doctor, her … Continue reading

Don’t Call Me Son

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Anna Muylaert the Brazilian writer/director of last year’s rather sublime drama the multi-award winning The Second Mother, returns to the theme of family dynamics with her latest movie, as she explores the reality of parental/child relationships which cannot conform to everyone’s expectations and perceptions. This is the story of Pierre (Namoi Nero) a free-spirited teenager who plays … Continue reading

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