Shirley has left the big city to live in a small seaside town and look after her elderly grandmother. She drives a tractor on a local coconut plantation, loves rock music and wants to be a tattoo artist. She feels trapped in the tiny coastal village. She is involved with Jeison, who also works on the coconut farm and who free dives for lobster and octopus in his spare time. During the month of August, when tropical storms pound the coastline, a researcher registering the sound of the trade winds emanating from the Intertropical Convergence Zone arrives in their village. The high tides and the growing winds mark the following days of the village and a surprise discovery takes Shirley and Jeison on a journey that confronts them with the duel between life and death, loss and memory, the wind and the sea.Written by
Segura na mão de deus
Composed by Nelson Monteiro da Mota
Performed by Figurantes Novena See more »
Life in the Brazilian slow lane
This film is set in a remote Brazilian coastal community, and is slow - very, very slow. So slow, in fact, that the main plot line - the discovery of a corpse - doesn't even occur until close to the second half of the film.
Up until then the viewer sees the daily life of the community: coconut-picking, the mending of fishing nets, the never-ending battle against flood waters. One of the main characters is Shirley, a young woman visiting from the big city, who cruelly practices tattooing on pigs. She starts a relationship with Jeison, a young man dominated by his father who becomes obsessed with looking after the afore-mentioned corpse while waiting for the police to arrive (when he and Shirley aren't finding a novel use for the coconut truck, that is). Shirley and Jeison are, I think, played by professional actors; but many of the supporting characters appear to be amateurs - certainly more than one of them - even the adults - look directly into the camera in the manner of a passer-by who has just wandered into shot, which at times gives the film a disappointing 'un-edited' feel.
Still, once you get used to the slow, slooo-ooow pace, this isn't a bad film - and not just because of a couple of great nude scenes.
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