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
This film has something magical. I saw it a long time ago at the Museu de Arte Moderna in Rio de Janeiro and it remained stuck in my memory. I remember the scenes of poor children playing in the streets of Porto (Portugal), there are little games and love and sometimes a song underlines some scenes (if I remember it right). It's about innocence (not innocence the way Hollywood sees it) and life melding harmoniously together. I could see "Aniki Bobó" only once and I would really like to see it again. There are no VHS or DVD copies released and that's a shame.
It's Portuguese neorealism with subtle surreal and fantasy bits. A real masterpiece. Please, someone release this film on DVD.
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