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São Paulo, 1984. Estela gets through the troubled phase of adolescence. Sex, love, friendship; everything looks too complicated. Her personal refuge is her uncle Carlos and the trip to ... See full summary »

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Marina Person

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Francisco Guarnieri (screenplay), Marina Person (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Clara Gallo Clara Gallo ... Estela
Caio Horowicz Caio Horowicz ... JM
Caio Blat ... Carlos
Giovanni Gallo Giovanni Gallo ... Xande
Letícia Fagnani Letícia Fagnani ... Joana
Livia Gijon Livia Gijon ... Alessandra
Virginia Cavendish Virginia Cavendish ... Cris
Paulo Miklos Paulo Miklos ... Beto
Gilda Nomacce Gilda Nomacce ... Denisete
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Amanda Chaptiska Amanda Chaptiska ... Carla
Cristiano Damasi Cristiano Damasi ... Joca
Pedro Goifman Pedro Goifman ... Felipe
Francisco Guarnieri Francisco Guarnieri ... Chiko
Ivo Müller ... Maneco
Joelson Oliveira Joelson Oliveira ... Jujuba
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São Paulo, 1984. Estela gets through the troubled phase of adolescence. Sex, love, friendship; everything looks too complicated. Her personal refuge is her uncle Carlos and the trip to California, where he lives, is her biggest dream. But everything falls apart when he comes back weak and ill. Between crisis and discoveries, Estela has to face a reality that will definitely change her way of seeing the world. Written by Mira Filmes

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Brazil

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

3 December 2015 (Brazil) See more »

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California See more »

Filming Locations:

São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

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Mira Filmes See more »
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References Hair (1979) See more »

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Five Years
Performed by Pipo Pegoraro and Clara Gallo
Written by David Bowie
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Back to the 80's in a moving film about youth and family
19 October 2016 | by guisreisSee all my reviews

This is an excellent Brazilian movie which deserves to be much more well-known. All the actors do a great job, but I need to highlight versatile actor Caio Blat's extraordinary performance as the uncle who lives in California and the great debut of young Clara Gallo. Watching rock star Paulo Miklos portraying a character who is exactly the opposite of him is also entertaining. Screenplay is very well developed and sensitive, exploring both family issues and the adolescent discoveries and concerns. One more trait makes this films very special: it dives deeply on the 80's. The story takes place in that decade and it is impressive how many references have been incorporated: it is like time traveling. California is a quite moving and carefully built film which I strongly recommend.


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