A Look at the Portuguese World


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Hope is where you least expected

Written by  yvette vieira


It's a film by Joaquim Leitão that addresses cultural differences, through the eyes of a young man. A story of love and hope that convinced about forty-one thousand spectators.

The story of Lawrence, the main character, begins with his everyday live. Same as many kids with a privileged background. Private schools, latets gadgets, clothing and girl to match. Until one day everything changes and he goes to the other side of the mirror. And it's like a nightmare, he loses everything, everything and has to live in the world of others. Of the less privileged, those who we see, but prefer to ignore, with another skin, another culture and he becomes onein a million. And it is reprocessing that he learns new things about the value of friendship, about music and about racism. Lawerence lives with his first love. Lawrence discovers the difference. Lawrence sees the world through another prism. Lawrence helps his father.

The message of Joaquim Leitão film is clear, in my point of view, is about tolerance. Has a kind of musical that makes it even more interesting. But the most vibrant of this film is the story. We see change thru the eyes of a young man and how he has to deal with. We actualy watched the various stages of grief. The script of Tino Navarro and Manuel Arouca is very interesting because it is not easy to write about our youth, there is always a gap and memories refer us to an almost parallel universe, not always real. We have a natural tendency to remember what made us happy and obliterate the worst. The film has some of that perfume of youth, but with a bath of reality. I like it by the apparent simplicity with which tackles more complex issues, without excessive and heavy drama of life in the city outskirts. The nucleus of young actors make up the bouquet of a job well done.

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