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How to Draw a Perfect Circle (2009)

 -  Drama  -  6 May 2010 (Portugal)
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Guilherme and Sofia, brother and sister, grow up sharing experiences and slowly discovering their sexuality. The thing that Sofia doesn't know is how far Guilherme will go to keep her inside his own perverse, dark and perfect circle.


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In a house, the last trace of a Lisbon that has long disappeared, Guilherme and Sofia grow up sharing experiences and slowly discovering their sexuality. Guilherme, sheltered in a female universe, unable to deal with the uncorresponded love of his sister and her relationships with other boys, ends up running away. After the death of his grandmother Clara, Guilherme refugees himself in his father's house, who is immersed in a almost autistic world, which leaves him increasingly isolated. Guilherme discovers that life can not be held in a perfect circle and returns home. When the twins finally meet, they rediscover the sexual tension that surrounded them since the beginning, and love finally takes shape. "How To Draw a Perfect Circle" is intimate and silent in style, offering the pleasure of exploring the limits, creating a closed, claustrophobic universe, innocent and contagious in the simplicity of its emotions, where everyday situations become at times brutal, cruel, yet infused with... Written by garykmcd

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Dark obscure shots and thoughts
10 June 2013 | by See all my reviews

Embroidered with dark shots this film portrays obscure thoughts of a mind in turmoil. The turmoil comes from the uncontrollable sexual desire for a sibling, that eats the protagonist in every scene. But the realization of the desire will not bring resolution to the heavy feeling of anguish. Throughout the whole film you cannot sense a ray of light coming, the film does not fool you. The dim lighting and poor colorless mise-en-scène personify the repressed drives of the human consciousness, or rather the unconscious. It is as if the protagonist is aware of the sickly nature of his desire, but also that it will only get worse if he tries to suppress them. His fight manifests itself in sometimes tiresome long gloomy shots.

We see here a family that crosses the boundaries of normal, which is probably the case in almost every family, with the difference that this family is not trying to act like anything else. Everyone acts by their impulses, the mother goes out at night to party, walks around as if she were alone and freely as if she were seducing everyone around her. There is something used up about her, but also very sadistically attractive. The father is a free soul, a writer that cannot really live for anyone but himself, and even that barely. He enjoys random sex with hookers/strangers and will probably smoke himself to death. The sister seems to have turned out the most unburdened of them all, but due to the great love for her brother she is bound to fall under his burden of lust and unhealthy affection.

It is in this air of free, but auto destructive and ill-fated desires, that the kid found himself growing up and that he absorbed. He is caught in a circle of reenacting these patterns and since there is nothing perfect in this life but the circle, he is most likely never to come out of it.

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