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the moving creatures ( o que se move )

Caetano Gotardo | 2013 | O.V. Portuguese | S.T. English | Brazil | 97min | color

Synopsis :

A mother’s greatest nightmare is without a doubt the loss of her child. This unthinkable tragedy shatters the lives of Maria Julia, Silvia and Ana, three residents of São Paolo who don’t know one another but share the same feelings of despair, helplessness and anger. Maria Julia’s teenage son Pedro is killed in an accident on the last day of summer vacation. Silvia’s baby dies due to preventable circumstances. Ana must relive a tragic event that occurred exactly 16 years, 7 months and 12 days ago in order to take joy in an unexpected reunion. Brazilian director Caetano Gotardo’s first feature film is a powerful and melancholy ensemble piece that borrows from movie musicals to explore the depth of mother-son relationships. The three musical numbers featured in The Moving Creature burst onscreen in sequences that are so emotionally gripping they take your breath away. These are moments of profound sadness and intense maternal love. The film boasts performances by three remarkable actresses, including Fernanda Vianna, who is outstanding as the tortured Ana.