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Once Upon a Time Veronica (2012)

Era Uma Vez Eu, Verônica (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 16 November 2012 (Brazil)
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A woman tries to make a life for herself in a violent Brazilian city.


Marcelo Gomes


Marcelo Gomes (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
João Miguel João Miguel
Hermila Guedes ... Verônica
Maeve Jinkings ... Paciente
Marcelo Gomes ... Diretor
Júlio Rocha Júlio Rocha ... Dr. Roberto
W.J. Solha W.J. Solha
Anthero Montenegro
Madalena Accioly Madalena Accioly ... Enfermeira Chefe
Natalia Sa Natalia Sa ... Amiga de Veronica
Renata Roberta Renata Roberta
Dandara Pagu Dandara Pagu ... Amiga de Veronica
Ana Claudia Wanguestel Ana Claudia Wanguestel ... Mae de Jailton
Suzy Lopes Suzy Lopes ... Paciente Eli
Rosa Quirino Rosa Quirino ... Paciente Rosa
Luiz Cesar Leite Luiz Cesar Leite ... Amigo Jose Maria


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"Minimal, existentialistic and sensual..."
24 January 2013 | by SindreKaspersenSee all my reviews

Brazilian screenwriter and director Marcelo Gomes' fourth feature film which he wrote, premiered in the Contemporary World Cinema Section at the 37th Toronto International Film Festival in 2012, was screened in the Horizontes Latinos section at the 60th San Sebastián International Film Festival in 2012, was shot on location in Brazil and is a Brazil-France co-production which was produced by producers João Vieira Jr. and Sara Silveira. It tells the story about a woman named Verônica who lives in a Brazilian city with her father Jose. Verônica has recently gone from years of reading books about medicine to diagnosing people, but all though she has two good friends, a loving father and a romantic relationship, this transition makes her question her own personality.

Finely and subtly directed by Brazilian filmmaker Marcelo Gomes, this quietly paced fictional tale which is narrated by the main character and mostly from her point of view, draws a mindful and intimate portrayal of a doctor's meetings with various people who comes to her with their problems and her relationship with herself, her father, her friends and her lover. While notable for it's naturalistic milieu depictions and fine cinematography by Brazilian cinematographer Mauro Pinheiro Jr., this character-driven and reflective drama about a woman who begins trying to diagnose herself and looking deeper into her own being after having finished her medical studies, depicts and internal study of character and contains a good score by composer Tomas Alves de Souza.

This at times humorous, atmospheric and self-scrutinizing story which is set in the municipality and metropolitan of Recife in Brazil, is impelled and reinforced by it's cogent narrative structure, subtle character development and continuity and the commendable acting performances by Brazilian actress Hermila Guedes and Brazilian artist, actor and author W.J. Solha. A minimal, existentialistic and sensual fairy-tale.

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