(O Pequeno mal)
In Sao Paulo, Janaína and João take care of each other. She has epilepsy. He is in a relationship with a man who prefers to keep his distance. Above their lives floats the vague trauma of a mudslide that may have buried men and machines alike. A work in a hotel and films watched hand in hand seem to set the tempo of their daily lives. But in the world of Lucas Camargo de Barros and Nicolas Thomé Zetune (co-directing a film for the first time), men are like plants impeded by their environment. All bodies are undermined by some secret flaw, and they do the best they can to survive in their deceptively hot surroundings. A resolutely pop film (but in its saddest expression), O Pequeno Mal sails in new waters in every shot. At times gentle and calm, at times dazzling, the films first wraps the audience into its softness to better mislead them: progressively the true depths of physical pain and the abyss of desperate heartache appear. When a serious accident strikes Janaína and João’s miraculously maintained relationship, we are reminded of the inescapable solitude that awaits all of us in the end, a solitude intensified by Barros and Zetune’s sharp frames. Life, made of elliptical vignettes, is a role play as much as a ghost show. The slightest thing is enough to see identities change and hide. If two worlds co-exist constantly, then the muffled noise of the second world strips the first one of its purity. O Pequeno Mal, just like the Smiths song that haunts João, is a cry about the outrageous frailty of our emotions and impressions: “Last night I dreamt that somebody loved me. No hope, no harm, just another false alarm.” (VP)
Original version : Portuguese.
Subtitles : English.
Scenario : Lucas Camargo de Barros.
Photography : Pedro Geraldo.
Editing : Lucas Camargo de Barros.
Sound : Jonathan Macias.
With : Janaina Afhonso, Joao Paulo Bienemann, Juliana Galdino, Laura Coggiola, Carlos Morelli, Bruno Ribeiro, Gustavo Casabona, Silvio Restiffe, Frann Ferraretto.
Production : Avoa Filmes (Max Eluard), Fratura Filmes (Lucas Camargo de Barros), Filmes de Amor (Nicolas Thomé Zetune), Barry Company (Mariana Ricciardi).
Distribution : Avoa Filmes (Max Eluard).
Muriel Montini, whose beautiful Adieu Mon Général was shown here in competition (FID2009), is used to literary adaptations (King Lear, a while ago), which she tackles in her own, lively...En savoir +
Remember the final scene of Go Toto! (FID 2017)? Madelene disappears, setting o to join the boar piglet she rescued and raised in her house in Vattetot. She makes a surreptitious...En savoir +
Almost all of public space is under surveillance: this is now a firmly established commonplace. The eyes of technique are constantly and undiscriminately recording landscapes and unfolding...En savoir +
Wrapped up warm in gorgeous medieval-like capes, two young women are walking. Setting o on their pilgrimage for a very humble destination, they travel along narrow country roads, and...En savoir +
“Catarina is a quantum physics researcher. She studies the sound spaces hidden in the variations of light. By immersing herself in the images she distorts, Catarina discovers a new form of sound...En savoir +
Either written by John or painted by Giotto, the scene is famous. Two hands come close to Jesus’ body, but his voice stops Mary Magdalene’s gesture: “Don’t touch me”. Which means,...En savoir +
“It takes place in a corner, away from prying eyes, where dust ends up, in a corner of my o ce, on my lifeline, my sca old. Here the actors and props of my film give a performance: a...En savoir +
It all starts like a fantasy tale: in a small boat floating along a tropical river, an old man is talking about a world that is in the grip of multinational corporations for good, and...En savoir +
Two film directors and a writer are in Portugal for an expedition through various images, moments from the history of Western allegorical representation. The writer is Jean-Louis Schefer,...En savoir +
“Between documentary and fiction, the crude and the coded, contingency and devices, in short, between the raw and the cooked, there has always been a short-circuit, a striking short cut,...En savoir +