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Don't Call Me Son (2016)

Mãe Só Há Uma (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 21 July 2016 (Brazil)
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After discovering the truth about being stolen by the woman he thought was his mother as a child, Pierre (AKA Felipe) must deal with the consequences of his mother's actions and must try to cope with his biological family.

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Anna Muylaert

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Anna Muylaert (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Naomi Nero Naomi Nero ... Pierre / Felipe
Daniel Botelho Daniel Botelho ... Joca
Dani Nefussi Dani Nefussi ... Aracy / Glória
Matheus Nachtergaele Matheus Nachtergaele ... Matheus
Lais Dias Lais Dias ... Jaqueline
Luciana Paes Luciana Paes ... Tia Yara
Helena Albergaria ... Sueli
Luciano Bortoluzzi Luciano Bortoluzzi ... Marcelo
June Dantas June Dantas ... Walmissa
Renan Tenca ... René
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
José Muylaert Abujamra José Muylaert Abujamra ... Guitarista (as José Abujamra)
Antonio Haddad Aguerre Antonio Haddad Aguerre ... Primo Joca
Berenice Haddad Aguerre Berenice Haddad Aguerre ... Tia 3
Helena Bachur Helena Bachur ... Turma Joca
Marcelo Muniz Bolognesi Marcelo Muniz Bolognesi ... Professor Judô
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Storyline

Pierre is seventeen and in the middle of puberty. He plays in a band, has sex at parties and secretly tries on women's clothing and lipstick in front of a mirror. Ever since his father's death, his mother Aracy has looked after him and his younger sister Jacqueline, spoiling them both. But when he discovers that she stole him from a hospital when he was a new born baby, Pierre's life changes dramatically. Written by AnonymousB

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Drama

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The story takes place in the state of São Paulo in 2008. See more »

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Performed by Fábio Trummer (as Trummer) / Super Sub América
Written by Alexandre Dengue, Rica Amabis, Romario Menezes De Oliveira Jr. (as Pupillo Menezes), Fábio Trummer
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Unsatisfactory ending, unclear about intended message, if any. Central theme could have been interesting. Some plot lines seem misplaced
10 September 2018 | by JvH48See all my reviews

Completely unsatisfactory ending, and unclear what the intended message is/was, if any. The forced integration process of 17-year-old Pierre into a new family, was overly hasty as well as ineffective, rather counterproductive. Unnecessarily forcing elderly "love" without attention for Pierre as an individual, being the person at the receiving end, does not help much either. From the outside, I can understand the mother who waited 17 years to locate her son, who was stolen from the nursery, but she treated him like a new toy and overwhelmed him with motherly attention.

A parallel plot line is about Pierre's sexual preferences. While Pierre had hid most of his transsexual inclinations while in his "old" family, he overdid his coming-out after being forced into the "new" family. Maybe he did that to make a point, but I did not get what that point could be. And, if it had been intentional obstinacy, it was not clear to the receivers (his new parents) anyway.

The final scene with his new brother showed promises for a better future. Alas, if that was the intention, it did not land with me, because of the suddenly appearing final credits. It abruptly ended the story without closure and without a solution.


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Country:

Brazil

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

21 July 2016 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Don't Call Me Son See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,066, 6 November 2016

Gross USA:

$11,678

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$205,987
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1.85 : 1
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