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
Even today, when you visit the river margins of Porto and Gaia, looking at the rabelo boats (that used to carry the Port Wine from up-river), the iron bridges built by Eiffel and his pupils, and you sense Porto has been remade as a city for tourists, you can still sense Porto is, and was, the Portuguese "working capital", as represented in the magnificent movie Aniki Bobó, a sunny city of honest workers, kids playing happily and careless in the streets, old streets of stone and green... Aniki Bobó is a trip to a Porto that disappeared (most of the town depicted in the movie is now ruins), but still lives, through the lives and dreams of kids. Immortal.
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