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9 out of 15 people found the following review useful:
Nicely made, but still lacks something ..., 29 June 2007

Many Brazilian movies have the same problem: They got excellent people working on them and they achieve excellent technical quality, but the story's are just not interesting enough.

In Hollywood people manage to conceal this non-interesting story's by putting enormous amount of visual effects, or situations that are made to impress the audience. In those case you can actually see this not-so-great story's and actually like the movie because you get so impressed by all that show, that you kinda forget that the story was no big deal.

But in Brazil, you don't have money to blow up entire sets or whatever, so it is fundamental that the story is extremely interesting.

IN this films case, it is a very well-made movie, but the story is slow and you can't really get excited or touched by the characters drama. I left the theater with the impression "well, it wasn't a bad movie ... but it wasn't good either." It was a common story, with a common ending, and the developing of the story, that should be the thing that would make a difference, was also ordinary.

So, for a movie that can't add more than all the others, it should get an average vote : a 5.

12 out of 15 people found the following review useful:
A trajetória de um observador., 18 May 2006

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Filip Mosz is a typical polish man. His wife is pregnant, he has a modest job, and all he expects from life is tranquility. That is until he buys a camera to record his newborn daughter, month-by-month evolution. He has the first camera in town, his boss hears about that and asks him to document a business meeting they will be having. This is the beginning for Filip, from this on he begins to get more and more hooked up by films. Mosz is a character that was born to the camera, his naive and curious look give his film an award at the business film festival, and after that he go for his filmmaker side at full throttle. His films begins to get more sophisticated, and he starts knowing people from the business and getting good reviews. Near the end his boss take him for a walk, and they talk about the repercussions of Filips films on the town. At first Filip is mad at his boss, for it was not the first time the he would try to impose him censure for one of his movies. The thing is that for his new movie people Filip cares about will have a bad time. He finds out that what he does as a film-maker has consequences for many people, some good, some bad. And the thing is he can't control the interests, there will always be people who be affected negatively. So this film, has under the first look a discovery and later a dilemma, tat the main character has to attend. HE founds out that you can't be reckless when making movies, you have to be aware of what you may cause. There are things you want everybody to know, but sometimes it is best that this not happen. You can't be impartial, you ca~'t have a neutral camera, for a camera will always be the point of view of someone, not reality itself. So he has this dilemma : if he keep doing this, his acts will have consequences, consequences which he can not tell what will be.

The end of the movie is great too, very much like kieslowski. in the end, when he has decided to end with film-making. He turns the camera to himself, no longer being an spectator, but taking part of the action. SHe has been an expectator all along, as we can see with his wife. He goes away and he does nothing really about it. Things happen around him but he don't get very affected, until he switch positions.