Thomas, a Danish gay man, is unable to adopt in his home country. He visits a friend in Brazil to explore the possibility of bringing home a child. Eventually he meets Maria, a poor woman who is willing to give away the child she is carrying in exchange for money. As he waits for the child, Thomas takes care of Maria, and their relationship develops in a way he did not expect.Written by
Peter Brandt Nielsen
I just watched "Rosa Morena" as part of the opening night of The Brazilian Film Festival of Toronto. I was not expecting much of this movie after reading the festival program: Thomas, a Danish in his forties desperately wants to be a father. Maria, is beautiful, charming and pregnant, yet she is very poor to support her unborn baby. The plan is simple, Thomas will pay Maria and bring her baby to his native country. However, Thomas becomes emotionally involved with Maria. Yeah, too lame, predictable...NOT REALLY. This film is dense and delicate. The main reason for that is the amazing performance of Dutch actor Anders W. Berthelsen as Thomas, a successful architect. He has the ability to show his naive, sweet and "good guy" in a foreign country and also the sadness, caring, doubt of his character.
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