Chega de Saudade

Chega de Saudade, a 2007 Brazilian movie by director Laís Bodanzky was perhaps the most surprising I’ve seen lately. Strangely enough, its strongest point is being about old people, and in a (more or less) romantic context. I cannot remember any other film going so much into detail, visually and narratively, about the detriments of old age, and then findng a way to overcome them through music and poetry.

Dying men showing off their scars as survival trophies.

It doesn’t try hard to be realistic, yet it couldn’t be more down to earth and manage to capture a world; an invisible one that defies most story telling devices. It is both scrutinizing and sentimental, yet not gloppy.

Not without a tinge of jealousy..

If that weren’t enough, the movie doesn’t focus on a single, or a few character, but spreads its attention out to a whole cast of Brazilian former movie stars, effectively translating the ballroom environment into a complex enseble of interactions, with a mastery similar to Forman’s Loves of a Blonde or Black Peter.

.. or somewhat sarcastic horror.

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