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Once Upon a Time Veronica (2012)

Era Uma Vez Eu, Verônica (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 28 November 2014 (USA)
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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
Maeve Jinkings ... Paciente
Marcelo Gomes ... Diretor
Hermila Guedes ... Verônica
Suzy Lopes Suzy Lopes ... Paciente Eli
Karina Buhr Karina Buhr ... Self
Júlio Rocha Júlio Rocha ... Dr. Roberto
Anthero Montenegro
W.J. Solha W.J. Solha
Dandara Pagu Dandara Pagu ... Amiga de Veronica
Cristina Araújo Cristina Araújo ... Mulher Do Pianista
Madalena Accioly Madalena Accioly ... Enfermeira Chefe
Pablo Granjeiro Pablo Granjeiro ... Enfermeiro
Chico Ribeiro Chico Ribeiro ... Dr. Francisco
Didha Pereira Didha Pereira ... Zelador


Veronica (Hermila Guedes) has just finished med school in Recife and is facing the gap between the theory of books and the harsh reality of Brazil's public health system: enormous lines, unhelpful colleagues, and disgruntled patients who refuse medical protocol and sometimes even spit in her face. She refers to herself in the third person, as "patient Veronica," and exerts self-pity for feeling alienated in spite of having it all on paper. When she's not being a doctor, or a patient of her own self in her journals, she's hanging out with her ailing father, having lukewarm sex with her boyfriend, or daydreaming about beach orgies.

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What a waste of time
8 February 2018 | by LogicIsEverythingSee all my reviews

From the very beginning, lot of the scenes in this film are utterly unnecessary. Some reviewers called it existentialism, but did you guys really know what's existentialism means? I don't know about it. But at least I know that loving making in group sex on the beach, talking about masturbation when you were lonely or hungry in a bar, could hardly wait to take off your underwear to let the man easily penetrate you from behind....got nothing to do with the existentialism. Feeling lonely in a crowd space, in a deadbeat city, dealing with so many walking-dead old patients everyday....but neither such depression nor such frustration would be qualified for existentialism.

I really don't know what's the purpose of making this film, and some reviewer wishing this film could go on and on and never end....Well, if existentialism mixed with women seeking men, men seeking women could be really that fun, then existentialism needs Viagra to sustain it to go on forever.

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