- Actors: Tess Amorim, Fabio Audi, Ghilherme Lobo
- Directors: Daniel Ribeiro
- Format: PAL, Colour, Anamorphic, Widescreen, HiFi Sound
- Language: Portuguese
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Peccadillo Pictures
- DVD Release Date: 9 Feb. 2015
- Run Time: 92 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 97 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00IUS9P3C
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,360 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Things are complicated by the fact that Leo is blind. I believe the actor, Ghilherme Lobo, is also blind, but whether that's the case or not, he does a fantastic job as this frustrated teen who just wishes that his life would start. The lovely thing about the film is that - while being blind is obviously a fairly major thing about Leo, it's not his defining quality - and it's certainly not how he sees himself. He is simply just another adolescent boy, confused and hopeful and worried all at once. A feel-good high-school movie (all it lacks is the prom at the end), with all the angst but none of the sugar of its US cousins, this is well worth a watch.
It's not long before a handsome new boy named Gabriel joins their class and becomes friends with the pair. Leonardo, struggling with his overprotective parents, is placed with Gabriel for a school assignment and begins to hang out with him a lot more, going to the movies and sneaking out at night to watch an eclipse, despite not being able to see it. Gabriel also begins to see Leo safely home every day, a job previously reserved for Giovanna.
Unfortunately 3 becomes a crowd and Giovanna starts to resent the boys spending so much time away from her, especially as it's hinted that she likes them both as candidates for her summer romance. Tensions reach breaking point at a classmate's party when Leo and Gi fall out over a misunderstanding. Leo also takes his frustrations out on Gabriel and tells him off, but the other boy shuts him up by kissing Leo briefly on the lips before riding off on his bicycle.
Later on, Gabriel claims not to remember the party, but it seems as though something is developing between him and Leo. The rest of the film then deepens the relationships and resolves the conflicts between the triangle of Leonardo, Giovanna and Gabriel, bringing the story to it's sweet conclusion.
The three main actors are superb and realistic, especially the actor who plays Leo as he isn't blind in real life, but manages to do the role justice. The story itself is often humourous but also genuinely touching without being too cliche, and some of the songs used fit the mood of the film perfectly. It's easy to see why this feature is so highly regarded and has won awards at international film festivals.
The DVD includes some interesting deleted scenes and an interview with the director, along with the short film 'I Don't Want to Go Back Alone'. The short came first and was the source that this feature-length drama was based on, so it's also worth a watch.
In summary: get this film, you won't regret it!
can be made into a skilfully and attractively made film for today's cinema audiences. Hollywood is somewhat behind in this area of story telling and
even its ground-breaking "Brokeback Mountain" had a foreign director at the helm. But that said, the recognition of gay characters and stories
having some life-affirming qualities provides optimism for the future and films like this lead the way in style.
To stretch this out to a full-length feature film (and apparently the uncut version ran to 2 hours) meant introducing a variety of subplots, and some of these are not entirely convincing. The bullying of Leo is a new theme, as is his rebellion against his parents. These are not handled entirely convincingly. Although this film is very much worthwhile seeing, in many ways I rather prefer the original short version – which is also available on the DVD.
The actors turn out an excellent performance, in particular the young man who plays Leo. Some of the lesser parts are less well handled.
The film takes us through a variety of emotions and everything is done so sensitively that the end product is one beautiful experience. This is a must see film. The acting is outstanding, the direction top quality and the editing is excellent.
Watch it and go on a journey which will leave you challenged and satisfied. Definitely five stars!
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