In the suburb of Săo Paulo, this banal love story takes place. A common family, father,
mother, two children, the dog… and the hidden…the perverse desires of violence.
It’s very hard to characterize this short film. I was very attracted by its music, which is a somewhat mournful bassoon solo, and I suppose how you respond to it will depend a great deal on your own attitudes toward its taboo subject-matter.
Only 17 minutes long, I would characterize it as very compact and extremely well made, in terms of both the crafting of the very short screen-play, and in the economy of its direction and acting, which was riveting.
However, it’s hard to say if it’s a black comedy with humor similar to some of the darker scenes of the Japanese film, Tampopo, or a short story intended to be taken seriously.
For a black comedy, it has a very brooding atmosphere; for a brooding, melancholy, disturbing film, it has a somewhat abrupt, almost humorous ending–and so it’s hard to say what one should make of it.
However, it’s SO short, that it isn’t as if you are investing a great deal to find out how you feel about it, and I doubt that anyone would be COMPLETELY disappointed by it, because it is crafted very well: the subtle symbolism reminded me a great deal of playwright Lanford Wilson: a ceiling lamp which needs a bulb replacement, for example, representing a family secret which has been carefully hidden by and from all.
I found it rather engaging, but I think I would have preferred a longer treatment–a feature length–so that the plot resolution could have had far more justification and build-up than it had.
Director: Júlio Maria Pessoa
Writer: Júlio Maria Pessoa
Stars: Elias Andreato, Leonardo Miggiorin, Denise Weinberg
Country of origin: Brazil
Also known as: In the Name of the Father
Format : Matroska
Format version : Version 4
File size : 138 MiB
Duration : 17 min 11 s
Overall bit rate : 1 123 kb/s