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Futuro Beach Review


Excellent

With an approach that emphasises internal feelings and character journeys, over more obvious things like narrative structure and story arcs, this Brazilian-German film challenges audiences to explore a series of important issues in ways movies rarely attempt to do. Director-cowriter Karim Ainouz makes a movie that simply refuses to be pigeonholed as a gay romance, instead focussing on three young men who are trying to plot a course in life even as it keeps taking unexpected turns.

The story opens on the wild Futuro Beach in Fortaleza, Brazil, where lifeguard Donato (Elite Squad's Wagner Moura) loves swimming so much that his adoring little brother Ayrton (Savio Ygor Ramos) calls him Aquaman. But things change for them when Donato has his first unsuccessful rescue, as a biker (Fred Lima) drowns in the rough surf while his friend Konrad (Clemens Schick) survives. Trying to make sense of things, Donato befriends Konrad, and a surprising flash of lust leads to a growing relationship between them. Eventually, Donato travels to Berlin to see Konrad, and he decides to stay there. Years later, Ayrton (now Jesuita Barbosa) follows his brother to Germany to find out what happened to him.

Ainouz tells this story with very little dialogue, conveying the story through visual clues instead of words. This means that we are forced to pay attention and invest elements of our own lives in the story in order to understand it, which offers a unique experience to every audience member, as we all travel through the story differently. It's a fiercely clever approach to storytelling, and it essentially shifts the film from a standard romance into a much more involving and important exploration of migration, specifically how we all must leave our past behind in order to become the person we need to be.

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Picture - Yu Lik-Wai, Jean Pierre Dardenne,... , Wednesday 23rd May 2012

Arsinee Khanjian, Karim Ainouz and Cannes Film Festival - Yu Lik-Wai, Jean Pierre Dardenne, Arsinee Khanjian, Karim Ainouz and Emmanuel Carrere Wednesday 23rd May 2012 Jurors of the Palme d'Or award are presented to the media during the 65th annual Cannes Film Festival

Arsinee Khanjian, Karim Ainouz and Cannes Film Festival
Arsinee Khanjian, Karim Ainouz and Cannes Film Festival

Behind The Sun Review


Excellent
Poor Kid has it pretty rough. Not only does he live on a desolate, Brazilian sugar cane farm, toiling the days with his family to make a few pitiful bucks, but his family's in a years-old feud with the farm down the road... and one by one all of his relatives have been shot as part of the circle of violence. And the kid doesn't even have a name.

Admittedly, Behind the Sun goes to extreme lengths to make you feel sorry for Kid (Ravi Ramos Lacerda) and his brother Tonio (Rodrigo Santoro), the sole survivors of their generation. But their story is heartfelt and compassionate, and despite the melodramatic plot surrounding them, Behind the Sun is a fascinating tale.

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Lower City Review


Weak
Two guys on the ragged edge of poverty, a gorgeous young hooker who's sleeping with them both, what could go wrong? If this were all that the emotional, sweat-suffused Brazilian film Lower City was about, it would be the worst kind of tedium. But while first-time director Sérgio Machado brings more to the table than his skimpy script would warrant at first glance, what he adds is not quite enough to make this the explosive debut he no doubt was wishing for.

Machado was at least smart enough to make the object of his male stars' (and the camera's) attention fully able to deserve it, and then some. As 20-year-old Karinna, the ridiculously gorgeous Alice Braga shares her aunt Sonia's strong, sensual features and iconic aloofness; she's the center of attention in every scene whether she likes it or not, effortlessly drawing in everyone around her. Pity, of course, that the film had to take such an arresting actress and make her a whore. But that's just what Lower City is about: a young whore from a small Brazilian town who gets a cut rate on a ride on a boat to the big city of Salvador by agreeing to sleep with the two men piloting it.

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Behind The Sun Review


Excellent
Poor Kid has it pretty rough. Not only does he live on a desolate, Brazilian sugar cane farm, toiling the days with his family to make a few pitiful bucks, but his family's in a years-old feud with the farm down the road... and one by one all of his relatives have been shot as part of the circle of violence. And the kid doesn't even have a name.

Admittedly, Behind the Sun goes to extreme lengths to make you feel sorry for Kid (Ravi Ramos Lacerda) and his brother Tonio (Rodrigo Santoro), the sole survivors of their generation. But their story is heartfelt and compassionate, and despite the melodramatic plot surrounding them, Behind the Sun is a fascinating tale.

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