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Gregório Mussatti Cesare,
As pointed out by another reviewer, the structure of the film is definitely based on Italo Calvino's short story "The Night Driver". I also find a shame there is no acknowledgment to Italo Calvino.
Having said that, I must point some specific things about the movie:
1) It is NOT an international film. It is for Brazilians, especially from Sao Paulo as it deeply explores the city and its characters. So, it is as tied to the city as it is to human relationships and inner feelings.
2) The movie is not very intellectual but it is not mainstream or cliché at all. It is pleasantly full of "uncomplicated poetry". Something an average person can understand without a companion dictionary. Again, foreigners may miss a lot due to translation.
3) If you have read the Italo Calvino's original story, you "may" find the end foreseeable. Even so, I don't think the installed chaos has just one and only foreseeable turning point.
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