Little Book of Love
Original title: Pequeno Dicionário Amoroso
- 1h 31m
From romantic comedy to romantic drama in a partially smart and creative, partially silly and sexist film
This film was quite successful in Brazil in the end of the 90's but nowadays it has almost been forgotten (although the release of its sequel almost two decades afterwards, in 2015, may change it). Perhaps because it had not enough substance to survive the time test. However, it is not properly a bad movie. Filmmaking is interesting, as there is a nice cinematography, with creative framing, nice solutions for representing thoughts, an interesting mix between events and documentary-like testimonials. Actors are all good ones, and Andréa Beltrão and Daniel Dantas do particularly a good job in the leading roles. They are possibly the greatest responsibles for making the film work, as he dialogs are irregular: if the one hand there are some smart ones, on the other hand most of them are not more than a collection of silly conventional wisdom and sexism. The movie itself is a mix of romantic comedy and romantic drama, perhaps moving from a gender to the other as the story moves from the trial and error of new relationships to the crisis of old ones. Some of the problems posited by characters in their testimonials really match issues couples often deal with, but others are more an oversimplification and a reproduction of sexist ideas of macho and girly distinctive behaviors. Indeed, it has a quite pessimistic screenplay, as it naturalizes an specific path of love relationships in general, which begin mostly as a "crush" and ends with tedious routine and intolerance, basically confirming the diagnosis of there best friends: a statistics enthusiast and a sexist guy who uses to compare men and women with animal life. As relationships are shown as predictably similar and, therefore, are not special at all, their end, although painful, is not a major problem as the same path will start all over again.
- Nov 19, 2015
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