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À Deriva (2009)

Not Rated | | Drama | 1 May 2011 (USA)
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A 1980s-set drama about a teenage girl undergoing her sexual awakening when she learns about her father's infidelities.

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Heitor Dhalia

Writers:

Heitor Dhalia, Vera Egito (collaborating writer)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laura Neiva ... Filipa
Vincent Cassel ... Matias
Camilla Belle ... Ângela
Izadora Armelin Izadora Armelin ... Fernanda
Max Huszar Max Huszar ... Antônio
Débora Bloch Débora Bloch ... Clarice
Matthew Rougé Matthew Rougé ... Louis
Thiare Maia Thiare Maia ... Elvira
Cauã Reymond ... Barman
Maysa Miranda Maysa Miranda ... Miranda
Thomas Huszar Thomas Huszar ... Rodrigo
Josefina Schiller Josefina Schiller ... Isabela
Gabriela Flarys Gabriela Flarys ... Juliana
Valentine Fontanella Valentine Fontanella ... Clara
Bernardo Bichucher ... Peter
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It is the 1980s, and fourteen year-old Filipa is spending her vacation at Búzios with her father, Mathias, her alcoholic mother, Clarice, and her two younger siblings in their beach house. When Filipa feels that the relationship of her parents is deteriorating, she snoops in her father's office. There she finds pictures of Mathias with his American lover Angela hidden in a drawer of his desk. When Mathias and Clarice announce to their children that they are not going to live together for a period, the confused Filipa believes that Angela is responsible for the separation of her parents, though she soon discovers that the marriage of Mathias and Clarice is built on a bed of lies. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Country:

Brazil

Language:

Portuguese | French

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1 May 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adrift See more »

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O2 Filmes See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Filming took approximately 2 months. See more »

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Mathias: It's weird. Any topic is always a pretext for you to attack me.
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Written by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, Phil Spector
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Father-beautiful daughter relations in bohemian Brazil
13 October 2009 | by incitatus-orgSee all my reviews

The Sao Paulo writer Mathias (Vincent Cassel) and his wife Clarice (Débora Bloch) are at their beach house in the coastal town of Buzios for the summer. They spend their days living a bohemian life with their friends, their three children and the rest of the young rat-pack from the beach. Their beautiful eldest daughter Filipa (Laura Neiva) is coming of age, although sitting on her fathers lap she is slowly but surely discovering her femininity. However the spring time of her youth sees not only the pitfalls of young love, but also a growing rift between her parents, and the threat of a disintegrating home.

A Deriva is a pleasure to watch, despite a simple storyline. It hinges on the relationship between Mathias and his daughter Filipa, as the film's warm focal point of the fragmenting family. Their roles are well worked out in these trying times. Mathias, and his wife Clarise, wisely protect their children from exposure of their marital rifts, but naturally the children - and specifically the eldest- feel the overshadowing conjugal burst.

What is perhaps the most remarkable, is how the same story filmed through the eyes of another culture, would have been so different. There are two elements at play here: a romanticized Brazil and the time frame. By placing the story in Brazil, we are taken into a joyful carefree Latin world of beaches, beautiful people, love and dance. By placing the story in the 1980s, were see a reality as if it was recalled by a much older Filipa looking back. It is a reality without a technology-inspired stress and superficiality, with a seeming authenticity of life orientated around physical people, living in homes filled with curiosity relics, without made-in-China goods and television-mimicking sentiments. It is a vision which justifies a perhaps kinder look at reality.

For everyone who is wondering how French top actor Vincent Cassel found himself in a small Brazilian production – Cassel is a frequent visitor of Bahia, the African-influenced state in the tropical north. He speaks Portuguese fluently, but as all attentive viewers will notice, it is not his (slightly off) accent which puts him in a curious position in the film – his role does not get lines as credible as those which the other characters get. Mathias' character, and hence the film, is saved by Cassel's acting talent. But then the movie was destined to float or sink on Cassel and Laura Neiva's capacity to convey the sensual lightness of living anyway. And that, they pull of masterfully.


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