Fifth about The Seventh

Rio, I Love You

Rio, I Love You: short films are a tricky format, well-deserving of a variation of the old saying “I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time”; generally, the limited time makes it hard to construct a story and characters properly. In addition to that, the many episodes are very uneven in tone and quality; most of them are dull. Two of the ten stand out: the touching story told by Guillermo Arriaga, and the stylish episode told by Fernando Meirelles. There are many interesting presences in the large cast, but most of them are given, at most, just one note to play. The structure doesn’t help, with interludes between the episodes that don’t add to the proceedings. The shorts are generally well-done, with many shots of Rio de Janeiro’s dramatic vistas.

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