Fifth about The Seventh

The Club of Angels (O Clube dos Anjos)

The Club of Angels: the greatest pleasure of Angelo Defanti’s film is watching its large, exclusively male, cast. They play a group of friends who, since high school, gather periodically to enjoy a good meal together. The aftermath of their latest dinner, cooked by a recent acquaintance, makes them question their continued motivations to keep going. Otávio Müller plays the repeated host and the narrator of the story as a bit of a bumbling loser. Matheus Nachtergaele is excellent as a suave, sophisticated cook. Marco Ricca and Paulo Miklos play well the two more abrasive group members. It needs to be said, however, that the characters don’t generally go any deeper than their superficial traits. The way the film is staged by Defanti and shot by the cinematographer Rui Poças, with characters sharing the screen when they are not physically together, is both economical and visually interesting.

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