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Loveling

Brazil, Portuguese, 95 mins

Original Title

Benzinho
  • Director: Gustavo Pizzi
  • Writer: Gustavo Pizzi; Karine Teles
  • Producer: Gustavo Pizzi; Tatiana Leite

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They don't come much better than this! The sweetest, most bitter/sweet film you are likely to see in years.

At its core...is a mother, a wonderful mother...played to utter perfection and precise conviction by [the fantastically talented] Karine Teles. She is everything...worth being. The subtlety she shows is mesmerising...the title 'Loveling' is uttered just once - blink, you'll miss it - but, it is a sharp in-take of breath...out of her four sons, her favourite is revealed. It's subtle. It's sublime.

Rarely, does a film exude such warmth and love...watch...the twins (little boys) as they hug their brother, the father as he bends over backwards to succeed and please, the big-hearted gay shop-keeper, the tuba-playing son as he finds his way...and then, there's the mother and her nest-leaving son, together - foetally - on a life-raft. Staggeringly beautiful!

This is a film that - quite simply - has to be seen by everyone. This is humanity at its very best. This is filmmaking at its very best. Gustavo Pizzi has artistry ooozing out of every pore...and, Pedro Faerstein's cinematography is what cinematography is all about...a masterclass. Stunning...really, stunning!

It will make you cry...the happiest tears!


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The(ir) Blurb...

Irene, 38 years old, is married to Klaus, 45. They live in Petrópolis, a small city on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, and have four children. Fernando (16); Rodrigo (10), and the twins (5). The couple has been struggling for years to finish building their new house. Irene works as an independent seller while finishing her studies to get her high-school diploma. Klaus runs a small copy shop where he also sells books. Fernando, their eldest son, plays handball. After being the highlight of the season, the boy is invited to join a professional team in Germany and will leave his parents house much sooner than expected. Among the everyday issues of their family's life, Irene will have to deal with the early separation from Fernando and adapt to a new life without him.

Cast & Characters

Karine Teles as Irene;
Otávio Muller as Klaus;
Adriana Esteves as Sonia;
Konstantinos Sarris as Fernando;
Cesar Troncoso as Alan;
Mateus Solano as Pacoca;
Camilo Pellegrini as Ligia;
Ariclenes Barroso as Sergio;
Pablo Riera as Xander;
Lucas Gouvêa as Funcionário Cartório;
Ingrid Guimarães

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