Category Archives: Brazilian Cinema

About Brazilians…


“As Tom Jobim says, “Brazil is not for beginners…”,

how come you live in a place where stamps come unglued,

sopa melts almost before you can use it,

rivers run too fast to the sea?

I would like to understand this unbearable joy Brazilians have,

this constant urge to celebrate,

and there is your melancholy, it’s drama,

it’s flamboyance, it’s abandon.

To a North American, in particular to one like me,

it is… out of proportion, excessive.

Kennedy’s assassination, such mourning,

such outpourings of grief.

The doormen, cab drivers, cleaning ladies…

Why? What is it you lost?

But when the military coup happened

and you lost your freedom,

I was there, I saw it;

you went on playing soccer on the beach.

The longer you stay in one place,

the less you understand it.”


I don’t really know if Elizabeth Bishop wrote this about Brazilians… but that is how is portrayed in “Flores Raras”, the movie about her years in Brazil living with Lota Macedo Soares. True or not, it is a very good picture about Brazilians to the eyes of a North American (as to my own eyes).

Left: Elizabeth Bishop; Right: Lota Macedo Soares

Left: Elizabeth Bishop; Right: Lota Macedo Soares

Flores Raras e Equivocadas por Alfredo Brito

Flores Raras e Equivocadas por Alfredo Britto

Elizabeth Bishop.

Elizabeth Bishop


Adrift (À Deriva) Movie


A deriva Filme

Brazil, Buzios 80’s. A couple in crisis, Mathias (Vincent Cassel) and Clarice (Debora Block). 3 children. Filipa (Laura Neiva), the oldest and main character, feels the tension between the parents, the mother’s constant drunkenness and the beginning of her father’s affair with an American woman, Angela (Camilla Belle). Adrift, Filipa watches everything while transitioning between childhood and maturity. Written and Directed by Heitor Dhalia. 5 stars, certainly. Acclaimed at Cannes.

Búzios anos 80. Um casal em crise, Mathias (Vincent Cassel) e Clarice (Debora Block). 3 filhos. Filipa (Laura Neiva), a mais velha e personagem central, sente a tensão entre os pais, a constante embriaguez da mãe e, o início de um caso do pai com uma americana, Ângela (Camilla Belle). Filipa, à deriva, enquanto observa tudo, transita entre a infância e a maturidade.  Escrito e Dirigido por Heitor Dhalia. 5 estrelas, certamente. Aclamado no Festival de Cannes.