Saudade (2003)


Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.  

Germany, 2003.  Jürgen Brüning Filmproduktion.  Screenplay by Jürgen Brüning.  Cinematography by Kristian Petersen, Ralf Schreckenberg.  Produced by Jürgen Brüning, Dieter TempelFilm Editing by Christoph Doering.  Podcast:  Bad Gay Movies.

Cesar lives in a house in Paraty, Brazil that his father owns, and is sharing it with two of his friends from his native Germany to stay with him.  They appear to make their money performing soft-core activity for a webcam, while their private lives go in varied directions otherwise: Cesar is looking for his birth mother with the help of his delightful maid, Tim is interested in breaking into the music scene, and Erik has a disastrous experience on a beach late one night that results in a dead body.  Meeting a man he falls in love with the next day, Erik discovers that his new love is connected to his crime and it causes a conflict that makes him moody for the rest of the movie.  Poorly directed and edited, this shoddily constructed film is brimming with poorly conceived coincidences and vast lapses in logic, inspiring pity for the actors who are all giving it their best shot.  Beautiful scenery of Brazil and some lovely naked bodies might make it worth your time, but it’s very unlikely.

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