The story takes place in the old streets of Porto and by the banks of the Douro River. A gang of very young kids has just accepted a new member, Carlitos, a shy boy who has "played it tough... See full summary »
The story takes place in the old streets of Porto and by the banks of the Douro River. A gang of very young kids has just accepted a new member, Carlitos, a shy boy who has "played it tough" by stealing a doll in a shop. Carlitos soon develops a crush on Terezinha,the only girl of the group. The trouble is that Eduardo, the "boss", is also in love with the pretty little girl. And he will not allow any rival to challenge him... Written by
Fernando Pessoa, one of the greatest world poets, which happened to be portuguese, as the director of Aniki Bobó once said something like "No children's book should be written for children". I apply this to cinema. There's no sense in making children's movies completely empty of any idea, as hollywood loves to do them (maybe because noone there can make them another way). For those who never saw Aniki Bobó I will say this movie is the cinematic equivalent of Éxupery's "The Prince". A poetic tale for children, absolutely breathtaking in terms of the dramatic intensity created around such a simple story; but, at the same time, a deep reflexion on the theme of human behaviours and conscience. Its characters portrait innocence, vain, envy, generosity and the consequences of all that. (This movie also reminds a soviet old short movie, which tells Romeo and Juliet incarnated into two school children, but I'm afraid I forgot the name of the director and of the movie; if you have any idea of what film that might be, it would be nice to tell me, please). But apart from the second senses of all the movie, it should also be apreciated for it portraits Porto's society and way of living of that time as well as the city's physical appearance, which makes this movie, along with "Porto, faina fluvial", from the same director, and a few others from other people, a vital document for the city's history. An all time classic which should be better known, for the sake of the cinema.
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