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In a small town in the countryside in the south of Brazil, a teenager that uses the codename Mr. Tambourine Man spends his time in Internet, at school, smoking pot with his best friend Diego and with his dysfunctional mother. He dreams on leaving his hometown to watch a Bob Dylan's show but seems to be hopeless stranded in the spot. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Extensive character portrayal formed by visuals and moods
Visual brilliance and significant moods marks this noticeable art film which forgoes at a desolate countryside in Brazil where a blogger under the alias "Mr. Tambourine Man" lives with his mother. While his best friend Diego and his classmates await the upcoming June-festival, he plans on leaving his hometown to attend a Bob Dylan concert.
Brazilian Esmir Filhos stylistic feature film debut is a minimalistic "mood-film" with an expressive visual film language which through long non-dialog scenes filmed with hand-held camera movements, flashbacks, a non-narrative structure and accompanied by mood-setting music from amongst others Bob Dylan, illuminates the inner states of an hallucinatory and alienated student driven by Utopian dreams. Esmir Filhos' direction which is rich on perspectives and close ups, impressively conveys certain moods and frames of mind within the characters and the remote rural area in which this contemplatively paced mixed-genre film is set. This poetic character study about communication and identity-seeking youth is a throughout mysterious and unforeseeable contemporary indie drama with crucial dark-toned aesthetics and low-keyed acting.
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