THE national cinema grows every day. Despite this, many people are unaware of the potential of national films in making us reflect on life and the world we live in.
The truth is that Brazilian films have a special way of working on the issues of the current scenario in the country. For this reason, we have separated five national films for you to watch, taking advantage of the atmosphere of reflection and the beginning of the year.
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All Reasons to Forget (2017)
The film shows the attempts of Antônio (Johnny Massaro) to overcome his break up with Sofia (Bianca Comparato). During the process, Antônio relies on the help of relatives, new colleagues and longtime friends. Throughout history, we realize how difficult the end of a cycle is, however, as cliché as it may seem, endings mean fresh starts.
Antônio shows us that denying the past is not the solution. Our memories are valuable, so it is important to remember all the moments with someone special that has passed through our life.
As happy as a relationship may have been, the world is not just about certainties, and terms do not necessarily mean failures. In the beginning, it is difficult to remember the moments with the person. With humor, Antônio shows us that this is super common.
Time comes with new opportunities and remembering the past becomes less painful. Unlike the title, the film demonstrates that, after a period, we have “All the reasons to remember”.
Available in: Netflix and Google Play
Like Our Parents (2017)
With reference to Elis Regina’s music, there is no way the film can be bad, right? Rosa (Maria Ribeiro) shows us the drama of the modern woman, who, due to social pressure, seeks to be multitasking all the time.
Your attempts to be a dedicated mother, present daughter, understanding and successful professional wife do not always live up to the expectations of those around you. All this while having to deal with the common challenges of life.
The film sensibly demonstrates how, even with so many achievements and changes in the world, we are still stuck in outdated ways of life. But, now more and more likely to develop anxiety, due to our high burden of pressures and obligations, at an exhausting pace.
makes us reflect on how the fear of failure when changing course can paralyze us. In addition, it shows that social roles do not need to be strictly followed, as we have the freedom to live new experiences and reserve time to dedicate ourselves to our desires.
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What Time Does She Come Back? (2015)
Val (Regina Casé) is from Pernambuco and works as a domestic servant for an upper middle class family in São Paulo. Fabinho (Michael Joelsas) spent most of his childhood in the care of Val, due to the hectic professional life of his parents. For this reason, she sees the maid as practically a maternal figure, at the same time that Val’s daughter, Jéssica (Camila Márdila), was raised in Pernambuco by her aunt, away from her mother.
This situation hurts the young woman, with demonstrations, most of the time, subtle. When Jessica arrives from the Northeast to spend time with her mother and take the selection process at a renowned university, many conflicts arise.
Jessica tries in various ways to show the structural problems of society to her mother, from everyday situations. However, Val, inserted in that context for many years, finds it difficult to understand her daughter’s issues.
it seeks to reflect on social inequality, especially on how naturalized this scenario is, to the point that we are not surprised by the way (sometimes inhuman) how some professionals are treated.
At the same time, it causes hope that education changes the world because it breaks behavior patterns. The relationship between Val and Jessica shows us that, behind a strong woman, there is usually another strong woman to help her through difficult times.
Available in: Globoplay.
The Best Things in the World (2010)
Adolescence is a complicated period for everyone. Pressures of various kinds, complicated relationships with family, friends and teachers, longing for freedom and, at the same time, feeling lost. Mano (Francisco Miguez), 15, goes through these and other dilemmas.
During the film, we learned how it is necessary to try to keep calm and hope, because everything is just a phase. Still, Mano’s life shows that it is always time to seek autonomy to fix mistakes and get away from toxic people. The lesson goes far beyond that.
shows how important it is to accept individualities, as it generates discussions around taboos, such as virginity, sexual orientation, homophobia and, especially, machismo: about how young people are influenced to perpetuate retrograde actions and thoughts.
We also learned a lot from the experiences of other characters, especially from Mano’s parents, Camila (Denise Fraga) and Horácio (Zé Carlos Machado), his brother Pedro (Fiuk) and his best friend Carol (Gabriela Rocha).
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Once Upon a Time (2008)
A must for anyone who loves romance novels, makes a reinterpretation of the classic, using Rio de Janeiro as a backdrop. Dé (Thiago Martins) is a young resident of Morro do Cantagalo, in Ipanema.
With a difficult childhood, surrounded by injustices, she works at a hot dog kiosk on the boardwalk, to help support the house, where she lives with her mother, the maid Bernadete (Cyria Coentro).
After witnessing the murder of Beto (Fernando Brito), his brother, and seeing his other brother, Carlão (Rocco Pitanga), being exiled from the community, Dé does everything he can to stay out of trouble.
While working, the young man observes Nina (Vitória Frate) on the balcony of his chic apartment overlooking the beach. Even with so much effort to lead a peaceful life, everything turns upside down when approaching the rich girl. The big problem is that Nina’s father does not accept their love relationship.
makes a clear criticism of social inequality, prejudice, especially racial and income, trafficking and the Penitentiary System. In addition to suffering horrors with the “impossible” romance, those who watch have the opportunity to reflect on the Brazilian social context.
By Thábata Bauer – Speak! MACK