Loveling (Benzinho) | Denver Film Society | Gustavo Pizzi | Brazil



Gustavo Pizzi

Drama, Family Issues, Latino

PortugueseEnglish SubtitlesBrazil201897 min


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It should be a happy time for Irene, who’s on the verge of obtaining her long-delayed high-school diploma and who adores her four children. But just as a mother’s love knows no bounds, neither does her anxiety—and Irene’s is kicked into high gear at the imminent departure of her oldest son, Fernando, who’s been offered a spot on a professional handball team in Germany and must leave his home on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro in less than a month. Irene’s concerns isolate her from Fernando and her loving husband, Klaus; her sister and nephew’s sudden presence in their home—with her violent brother-in-law too close for comfort—doesn’t help matters.

Together with his wife, co-writer, and lead actress Karine Teles, Brazilian director Gustavo Pizzi infuses his family drama with plenty of humorous and endearing moments—including a deeply relatable scene in which Irene, after an argument with Klaus, gets drunk and wakes up the kids by dancing around the kitchen to particularly aggro music.

SUBTITLED (Foreign language with on-screen subtitles)

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Producer: Tatiana Leite, Gustavo Pizzi | Editor: Livia Serpa | Cinematographer: Pedro Faerstein | Screenwriter: Gustavo Passos Pizzi, Karine Teles
Cast: Karine Teles, Otávio Müller, Adriana Esteves, Konstantinos Sarris, César Troncoso
Additional Countries: Uruguay