A group of friends in Sao Paulo see each other regularly in different venues of this huge metropolis, and act as their own de-facto family. They are similar in many ways, all upper middle ... See full summary »
A group of friends in Sao Paulo see each other regularly in different venues of this huge metropolis, and act as their own de-facto family. They are similar in many ways, all upper middle class professionals between 28 and 32 years of age, and very conscious of their psyche and lives. The diversity within the group however, is also remarkable. It's made up about half men and half women. The men are the most diverse, ranging from your average guy looking for love to an Afro-Brazilian womanizing rich playboy, to a conflicted homosexual, heir to a business empire. It is the friendship (Amizade) and bond between these people that the film exposes, and at the same time it explores the different personalities of this apparently homogeneous, but actually psychologically diverse group of Sao Paulo yuppies. They stick together "'til friendship should ever separate them" (Ate A Amizade Nos Separar). Written by
This Brazilian comedic drama takes place in the huge metropolis of Sao Paulo, the world's second largest city.(The film offers some breathtaking cityscapes.) The plot deals with the inter-relationships within a group of upper middle-class friends, all within a couple of years of age 30. They are professional, well-educated, pretty stable, but subject to the same pressures other "yuppies" feel in metropolitan areas around the world. ATE A AMIZADE NOS SEPARAR means "'Til Friendship Comes Between Us" or "'Til Friendship Splits Us All Up", and friendship almost does split up this modern-day family. Their bond is closer to the one they have with their own families, but even this bond is put to the test repeatedly not only by urban angst, but due to the cultural/psychological diversity amongst even such a tight group, with so much common ground. A couple are sexually confused, not emotionally fulfilled, one is out and gay, a good looking black friend lives the life of the international playboy, a couple just seek "normal" love. A couple are Jewish, a couple are very rich. In short, an interesting sociological study of the diversity within Brazil's urban professionals. Fine cinematography and editing complement the terrific acting by the ensemble cast headed by Alexandre Borges and Julia Lemmertz, who add depth to the well-developed characters.
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