Academic journal article Journal of Religion and Film

Boni Bonita

Academic journal article Journal of Religion and Film

Boni Bonita

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Boni Bonita (2019), dir. Daniel Barosa

One of the things that religion offers us is an explanation of death; an explanation that helps us to deal with death, whether our own or that of someone we know. In this film a young girl, Beatriz, has recently lost her mother. Her immediate response to this sudden loss is to act badly, which gets her expelled from school. Given her expulsion, her father kicks her out of the house. Now she has neither her mother nor her father. But Beatriz does not come from a religious family; so the question becomes, if you are not a person of faith, how do you deal with death?

Beatriz finds herself attracted to Rogerio, the lead singer of a band. She manages to find out where he lives, attaches herself to the singer and starts an on again/off again relationship with Rogerio that lasts for many years. Early in the relationship, Beatriz is too young to understand her dependence on Rogerio, who is a self-centered ·@%#·. But her relationship with Rogerio is what gives her life meaning, the very meaning that allows her to deal with the death of her mother- with death itself. Since the relationship is both satisfying and toxic, the meaning of life that she finds in that relationship does not seem to provide the kind of meaning that would give her a healthy way to deal with death. The evidence for this is that at the end of the film we find out that Beatriz is getting married, but she returns to Rogerio to invite him to the wedding. …

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