LAT18 Loveling

13th November, 2018 (M)
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  • Director Gustavo Pizzi
  • Cast Karine Teles, Otávio Müller, Adriana Esteves, Konstantinos Sarris
  • Duration 98 min
  • Rating M
  • Language Portuguese with English subtitles
  • Genre Drama

Synopsis

The captivating, wonderfully moving new Brazilian drama from Gustavo Pizzi, Loveling traces a mother-of-four whose life is turned upside down when her eldest son is offered the chance to pursue his sporting dreams overseas.

Irene (Karine Teles) is raising four rambunctious sons in a home that is physically crumbling but warm and happy. As Irene simultaneously shelters her sister Sonia and her son (who just left a volatile marriage), supports her own husband whose business is struggling financially, and plans her own long-awaited high school graduation, Irene’s eldest son, Fernando, suddenly announces he has been recruited by a professional handball team in Germany and will be leaving in just three weeks. Consummate caretaker Irene resists at the idea of emancipating the 16-year-old so he can travel and live alone, and she becomes increasingly anxious about what her future holds.

Writer/director Gustavo Pizzi exquisitely captures a family’s home and life in intimate, crisp, fully realized detail, while co-writer/actress Karine Teles embodies Irene with delicacy and passion, articulating in equal measure her fierce familial devotion, seemingly endless reserve of warmth and patience, and growing existential doubt.

Awards

WINNER: Best Iberoamerican Film, Special Critics Award, Málaga Spanish Film Festival 2018
OPENING NIGHT: World Cinema (Dramatic), Sundance Film Festival 2018

Reviews

  • “A captivating portrait of the joys and aches of family life.” – The Hollywood Reporter

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