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Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
A sad tale of a young girl's aspirations disastrously ruined by her and her family's inability to separate her religion from her mental illness.
The script is commendably non-judgemental, despite the subject matter, and the the movie's early seventies setting is re-created so convincingly (with muted colours and almost dogme-like camera work) that one might forget that the film was shot only three years ago.
Some may find that the film ends before the story does, but this is merely a refreshing refusal to pander to sensationalism that is completely in keeping with the naturalistic realism of the film as a whole.
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