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The Way He Looks (2014)

Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 7 November 2014 (USA)
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Leonardo is a blind teenager searching for independence. His everyday life, the relationship with his best friend, Giovana, and the way he sees the world change completely with the arrival of Gabriel.


Daniel Ribeiro


Daniel Ribeiro (script)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ghilherme Lobo ... Leonardo
Fabio Audi Fabio Audi ... Gabriel
Tess Amorim Tess Amorim ... Giovana
Lúcia Romano Lúcia Romano ... Laura
Eucir de Souza Eucir de Souza ... Carlos
Selma Egrei ... Maria
Isabela Guasco Isabela Guasco ... Karina
Victor Filgueiras Victor Filgueiras ... Guilherme
Pedro Carvalho Pedro Carvalho ... Fabio
Guga Auricchio Guga Auricchio ... Carlinhos
Bárbara Pereira Bárbara Pereira ... Marta
Matheus Abreu Matheus Abreu ... William
Naruna Costa Naruna Costa ... Professora Ana
Julio Machado Julio Machado ... Professor Rubens (as Júlio Machado)
Renata Novaes Renata Novaes ... Sandra


Leonardo is a blind teenager dealing with an overprotective mother while trying to live a more independent life. To the disappointment of his best friend, Giovana, he plans to go on an exchange program abroad. When Gabriel, a new student in town, arrives at their classroom, new feelings blossom in Leonardo making him question his plans. Written by Daniel Ribeiro

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Not every love happens at first sight.


Drama | Romance


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The script was selected for the Berlinale Talent Campus - Script Station 2010. See more »


During the camping trip pool scene, the pool side chairs which Gabriel and Leo go to sit down on are a noticeable distance apart in the long shot. When the shot changes to a close up, they are right beside each other. See more »


Karina: We're going to see the sunset.
Leonardo: Speak for yourself. I'm not gonna see anything.
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Spun-off from I Don't Want to Go Back Alone (2010) See more »


Spiegel Im Spiegel
Written by Arvo Pärt (as Arvo Part)
Performed by Vladimir Spivakov and Segej Bezeodny
Publisher: Universal Edition AG
Record Label: ECM Records / Verlag GmbH
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Heartwarming and Delightful; As Sweet and Charming as the Short it's based on.
8 August 2014 | by akash_sebastianSee all my reviews

When Daniel Ribeiro's sweet and charming short film 'I Don't Want to Go Back Alone' released in 2010, I was completely in love with it. I was eagerly looking forward to watching this movie since its announcement. Though I still consider the short to be simple, nuanced and better, I liked how Ribeiro beautifully adapted the short into a feature film. Of course, he kept the same talented young actors; they've grown, and have done a commendable and mature job. I liked how Ribeiro changed a few parts from the short film, but kept the essence and feel of the story intact; he incorporates the memorable dialogues and moments from the short into the feature film appropriately.

It's the story of a blind guy named Leo, his best friend Giovana, and how their lives change after the arrival of new student, Gabriel. The movie is basically about equality and sexuality. Blind, not blind, or whatever... ultimately, all we seek is love, and independence. We never choose whom we fall in love with.

Though the movie explores themes of friendship, independence, bullying, etc., overall, the movie essentially remains the same as the short; I feel, the characters and situations could have been explored further. But overall, I still like the film; it's heartwarming and delightful.

The title song used in the movie, 'There's Too Much Love' by Belle and Sebastian, is quite mesmerizing. Every time it played during the film, at appropriate moments, my heart was filled with joy. And the main kiss between Leo and Gabriel towards the end is really passionate and moving.

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Release Date:

7 November 2014 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,334, 9 November 2014

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Color (35 mm version)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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