LAT18 Loveling

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


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.


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


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

Enter your email address to reset your password

Subscribe to get weekly session times and exclusive offers delivered straight to your inbox.
By clicking Subscribe you accept our terms & conditions.
Click here to view our privacy policy.