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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Adrift (À Deriva) by Heitor Dhalia, 2009 (NR)

with Camilla Belle, Vincent Cassel (Trance, A Dangerous Method), Laura Neiva, Cauã Reymond, Debora Bloch, Gregorio Duvivier, Max Huzar, Josefina Schiller, Tais Araujo, Laura Leto

When a teenaged girl finds out that her debonair father, Matias (Vincent Cassel), is a philanderer, she enters into a voyeuristic world while trying to figure out her own burgeoning sexuality. Camilla Belle co-stars as Matias's gorgeous mistress, Ângela, in this sensitive, coming-of-age drama set in the 1980s. Brazilian Heitor Dhalia writes and directs this film, which was an official selection at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.

I had mixed feelings about the movie. On the one hand, it is a movie about a teenager trying to understand what it is to be in a relationship as her sexuality awakens. On the other hand, it is about a couple that tries to survive a crisis, in vain, leading to the decomposition of the whole family, specially the older daughter. But being trapped in between, it feels like it doesn't really belong anyway, in a matter of perspective. The daughter becomes this irritating teenager, in a story that I would watch if it had an adult perspective on her growing up. Or perhaps the movie should just stick to being a movie for teenager that you would look at in that way. Anyway, Vincent Cassel gives a great performance, specially in Portuguese!


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