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The Way He Looks (2014)
"Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho" (original title)

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Leonardo is a blind teenager searching for independence. His everyday life, the relationship with his best friend, Giovana, and the way he sees the world change completely with the arrival of Gabriel.

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Credited cast:
Ghilherme Lobo ...
Leonardo
Fabio Audi ...
Gabriel
Tess Amorim ...
Giovana
Júlio Machado ...
Professor
Selma Egrei ...
Maria
Eucir de Souza ...
Carlos
Lúcia Romano ...
Laura
Isabela Guasco ...
Karina
Naruna Costa ...
Professora
Victor Filgueiras ...
Guilherme
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Leonardo is a blind teenager dealing with an overprotective mother while trying to live a more independent life. To the disappointment of his best friend, Giovana, he plans to go on an exchange program abroad. When Gabriel, a new student in town, arrives at their classroom, new feelings blossom in Leonardo making him question his plans. Written by Daniel Ribeiro

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Not every love happens at first sight.

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The script was selected for the Berlinale Talent Campus - Script Station 2010. See more »

Quotes

Laura: Where were you? Out there in the dark?
Leonardo: It's always dark for me, mom.
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Spun-off from Eu Não Quero Voltar Sozinho (2010) See more »

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Heartwarming and Delightful; As Sweet and Charming as the Short it's based on.
8 August 2014 | by (India) – See all my reviews

When Daniel Ribeiro's sweet and charming short film 'I Don't Want to Go Back Alone' released in 2010, I was completely in love with it. I was eagerly looking forward to watching this movie since its announcement. Though I still consider the short to be simple, nuanced and better, I liked how Ribeiro beautifully adapted the short into a feature film. Of course, he kept the same talented young actors; they've grown, and have done a commendable and mature job. I liked how Ribeiro changed a few parts from the short film, but kept the essence and feel of the story intact; he incorporates the memorable dialogues and moments from the short into the feature film appropriately.

It's the story of a blind guy named Leo, his best friend Giovana, and how their lives change after the arrival of new student, Gabriel. The movie is basically about equality and sexuality. Blind, not blind, or whatever... ultimately, all we seek is love, and independence. We never choose whom we fall in love with.

Though the movie explores themes of friendship, independence, bullying, etc., overall, the movie essentially remains the same as the short; I feel, the characters and situations could have been explored further. But overall, I still like the film; it's heartwarming and delightful.

The title song used in the movie, 'There's Too Much Love' by Belle and Sebastian, is quite mesmerizing. Every time it played during the film, at appropriate moments, my heart was filled with joy. And the main kiss between Leo and Gabriel towards the end is really passionate and moving.


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