Fred is a blind boy who lives alone with his mother. Out of his dull routine, in which nothing ever changes, he speculates continually about the color of things and claims to prefer the ... See full summary »
Fred is a blind boy who lives alone with his mother. Out of his dull routine, in which nothing ever changes, he speculates continually about the color of things and claims to prefer the color white, which represents for him everything that is unattainable. Written by
This short film is an exceedingly well executed work--having wonderful cinematography, music and direction. In many ways, it was just breathtakingly beautiful. This really helped in making this simple tale of a very isolated blind boy come to life. While some might find it all a bit saccharine, I was impressed because it didn't make the kid noble or sad--just a normal kid in most ways. One of my own kids is deaf and I truly hate movies that make kids with disabilities seem super-human or sweet--they're just kids. While the boy in this film does seem to accomplish the impossible towards the end of the film, he still is a kid and the film does have a strong emotional impact.
This film was a sharp contrast to the full-length films I've seen in recent years about Brazil (such as CITY OF GOD and CENTRAL DO BRASIL). While in the two films I listed you'd get the impression that the country is a god-forsaken and ugly place, the setting for O BRANCO looked like a clean, safe city that you could find anywhere in the world. It's nice to see a different view of the country.
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