People from different genders and sexual orientations leave dating apps in order to seek a new love in São Paulo, face to face.People from different genders and sexual orientations leave dating apps in order to seek a new love in São Paulo, face to face.People from different genders and sexual orientations leave dating apps in order to seek a new love in São Paulo, face to face.
Each episode starts off with a main character who is looking for a partner. The character's gender and sexual orientation changes across each episode, which I think is nice because it mixes things up. However, there is very little difference in socio-economic backgrounds. The dating pool on this show tends to be young upper middle class / wealthy people, with not a whole lot of differences in personality. The way they structure their dates seems identical across each episode, which is having an expensive drink at chic bar while making small talk. While the couples eventually go outside for a walk, 75% of interactions happen in these bar settings and it gets old pretty quick.
But small talk isn't necessarily bad all of the time, and there are some fun bits of dialogue. And if the show was just this I might have given it a higher score. But what's so odd about the show is that the main character dates like 3 - 5 people seemingly at the same time and at the same dating locations. In the episodes, the scenes switches back and forth to different people the person is dating, in the same location and even same seats / table as before. The outside shots also take place in the same location and same time of day.
I can see why they do this for a budget perspective, and to give the episodes variation if you are border with a certain person the main character is dating. But is the implication that the person is dating multiple people at once? It makes me weirdly dislike the main character because of their judgement, and it goes counter to the show's description of abandoning dating apps.
Overall, this structure just makes the dating interactions feel awkward and inorganic. It's a shame because there are parts that I like about this show. The production is solid, as always for a Netflix show. There are also a lot of great shots of Sao Paulo for the few times characters are outside. I just think it would be better if they focused on one relationship at a time instead of this weird double dipping. And also it would be cool if the dates weren't always at expensive bars.
- Jun 5, 2021