Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. , Screenplay by Alê Abreu. Produced by , Music by , Film Editing by Alê Abreu. Academy Awards 2015.
Beautifully rendered tale that has no (discernible) dialogue and whose simple animation style emphasizes rough drawings with bright colours. Its central figure is a small boy in rural Brazil who sees his father get on a train to go work in the big city and, as far as our little hero is concerned, disappears. Going on a magical journey to find him, the boy witnesses all the changes of the country’s last century, voyaging through cotton fields, textile plants, and heading to the big city where culture, expression and human energy is soullessly converted into profit. Hauntingly told with a beautiful musical score, this one feels specific and moving despite the grand themes that anyone who isn’t culturally connected to its setting will relate to.