I can't believe I'm the first person to write a review for this. Oh well, better late than never, eh?
I'm not big on Brazilian movies. I don't know many of them, but the few I've watched I found okay at best. This one is different. This one is something special, a well-kept secret and not just "another" movie. It can touch the hearts of the most sensitive people. It took me a long time to find this one, but then again, better late than never.
The idea of the movie (a child talking to a talking sweet lemon tree) might seem a bit childish, but there's no harm in including a little fantasy in the movies (depending on the movies, naturally). And, despite the title, the sweet lemon tree has actually a quite small part in the movie, to kind of compensate for the heavy subjects that it has.
Júlio César Cruz has an amazing performance as Zézé and his voice sounds very distinctive for a child. Aurélio Teixeira (who also directed this film) is remarkable as Portuga, Zézé's adult friend.
A remake was made much later. Although not a bad movie, the remake doesn't quite match this one. That doesn't surprise me. It's a fact that in most cases the original movies are far superior.
To finish my review, I think that this should be on Top 250.
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