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Credited cast:
Li An ... Li An
Elena Andrade ... Elena Andrade
Petra Costa ... Petra Costa


Elena, a young Brazilian woman, travels to New York with the same dream as her mother, to become a movie actress. She leaves behind her childhood spent in hiding during the years of the military dictatorship. She also leaves Petra, her seven year old sister. Two decades later, Petra also becomes an actress and goes to New York in search of Elena. She only has a few clues about her: home movies, newspaper clippings, a diary and letters. At any moment Petra hopes to find Elena walking in the streets in a silk blouse. Gradually, the features of the two sisters are confused; we no longer know one from the other. When Petra finally finds Elena in an unexpected place, she has to learn to let her go. Written by Busca Vida Filmes

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$12,100, 30 May 2014, Limited Release
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Dolby Digital



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1.78 : 1
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Worst movie even in a self indulgent, narcissistic amateur home movie sort of way !v
24 October 2015 | by mgoazul007See all my reviews

Do not waste 80 minutes plus of your life watching this dog of a self indulgent, narcissistic movie. The marvel of this film is NOT just that it is excessively overdone , self indulgent, narcissistic, boring ( you will NOT get that lost time back, folks) it is that this amateurish, selfish, docu-flick actually got funding from the several sources it managed to get funding from, that it was allowed to have a "space" in theaters to show such drivel. Look, if you had a nickel- spoiler alert- for every person who wanted to be a dancer/ film star/ film maker/ director/ entertainer/singer , etc. who ended up not making it and then either felt like dying, giving up or committing suicide you would..literally ..be a billionaire! Not only is this a story of someone without talent who couldn't cut it in the "biz" , above, who then throws in towel and offs herself, its about her kid sister the actual director and yup true narcissism here playing as "actor" in the movie as both her sis and herself. "Look at Me" I'm a movie director folks who suckered people into funding this crappy, boring, selfish narcissist no doubt because she had an over rated, over priced corrupt "Ivy league cartel" moxie. Basta! Enough already. There are thousands of movies on that subject- defeated dreams , suicide, quitters- that are far better that have NEVER SEEN the light of day and by people who are less about "craving the wrong kind of attention" like this..ahem 'director" and(alleged) "actor"

So many people with SAG cards do not selfishly kill themselves or whine about someone who they know & love who was depressed, sad, or suicidal who we know tried to kill themselves, decided not to , or who did it . This movie is nothing new but it is LOUSY. A waste of one's precious time regardless of your age because...no pun intended ..Life is just too short to waste your afternoon watching a story that has zippo(nada) to do with a more compelling story..those who carry on once their dreams die as is , face it, so often the case in this most superficial, materialistic, priorities askew, plasti9c, shallow US culture/ society. Incredible as in "not credible" that it actually got funding from some top arts corps. Let's hope this selfish narcissistic lacking in talent Director does not, sadly, follow in her defeated big sister's footsteps and upon rejection, kill herself, too. You don't make it? Wait Tables, wash dishes at 2 in the morning at the Clock restaurant to put bread on the table for your 3 kids. Now THAT is a story, THAT is a Documentary with some potential; THAT takes courage and yup, THAT is life. There is literally nothing redeeming about this sub par waste of time & film.

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