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Its so good to watch a Brazilian movie thats not about violence, misery or slums, nor is a mindless comedy. This one really deserves a look from everyone, principally teenagers.
Things start superb while the characters are being introduced, and the (several) stories are being drawn. You can see the actors are doing a great job; they're really captivating and likable. The directing of Lais Bodanzki is superb from beginning to end.
The only problem I have with this movie is the lack of a main story. The movie tries (and succeeds) at showing each and every aspect of teen years: relationship with parents, sexuality, friends, school, drugs. But in this desire to be so many things, the movie lacks in consistency, which is absolutely clear from the middle to the end. There are a lot of situations that are just disposable, what drags the movie a bit at some parts.
Anyway, considering thats a Brazilian movie, it goes from good to great, knowing we don't have such a film industry as United States. Definitely one of my favorites since City of God. 3/5!
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