Fifth about The Seventh

Loveling (Benzinho)

Loveling: Gustavo Pizzi’s small drama is tight and pure: the simple story is far from a shortcoming, as this drama of a mother (centrally, but the whole family) swimming upstream and trying to stay afloat is universal. It’s heartbreaking, but also filled with hope and love, deeply humane and realistic. The acting is all-around quite solid: Karine Teles is simply showstopping, giving a multi-faceted, emotional performance; she is nearly matched by Otávio Müller and Adriana Esteves, who have smaller roles but are equally good; Konstantinos Sarris, the oldest son, is charming and effective. The house the family lives in is almost a character by itself, well-decorated by art director Dina Salem Levy. Well, distinctively shot by cinematographer Pedro Faerstein.

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