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Caio is 40 years old and lives in the country of Rio de Janeiro, where he owns a scrap-metal yard. On the Christmas Eve he goes to the capital to visit his family and friends. Finally he ... See full summary »

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Caio is 40 years old and lives in the country of Rio de Janeiro, where he owns a scrap-metal yard. On the Christmas Eve he goes to the capital to visit his family and friends. Finally he will be able to meet a man he has not seen for a long time: himself. Written by Anonymous

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Dark, in a poorly executed way.
30 December 2008 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

This movie has been highly overrated by critics, or I'm just stupid and didn't get it.

The fact is that the story of the troubled guy coming back home is quite interesting, but although I really respect and like Selton Mello as an actor, the direction of the film is not good. The editing is quite silly, keeps changing from different angles that doesn't show anything. The TV angles, in which characters are shown too close is not beautifully unpleasant as I believe it was supposed to be, it's just lame. There's a huge difference.

It has some serious thought involved in the production, but the execution is far from good, the ideas are there but the inexperience of the director is very clear although it might be disguised as a different style of film-making, it didn't feel like it.

The acting though, is really good. It's a shame that most of the time the framing and the poor lightning doesn't allow you to enjoy that. The film is mostly in the dark and you can barely see the actor's faces.

I'm aware of the fact that it was not supposed to feel good, to match the story telling and what the character is going through, but in my opinion there are other ways to get the same result, Darren Anorofsky's style, for example.

Overall, I'll just hope that Selton's next project is less pretentious and better executed.

The five is for Selton's career, for the nude of Graziella Moretto, yet silly, and because it was better than "A Erva do Rato".


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