(out of 5)
Original title: Como Esquecer
Broken souls band together to improve their lives in this meditative and unremarkable but never dull Brazilian drama. A college professor of English literature is living in devastation after her long-term girlfriend leaves her and she needs to take time off from work to deal with her sorrow. Her best friend, a man whose lover has died and left him with a sizable property, does his best to get her back into the swing of things with a great idea: why not share a summer house with a third party, a young woman who is pregnant with a love child, and hash out their miseries there. Unfortunately, life’s real problems are never too far behind. Ana Paula Arósio‘s thoughtful performance never wallows in self-pity or dramatic histrionics, her sorrow always dramatically satisfying in a film that stays engaging and enjoyable until the end.
Directed by Malu de Martino
Cinematography by Heloisa Passos
Produced by Elisa Tolomelli
Production Design by Rafael Ronconi
Film Editing by Pedro Rossi