Magazine article New Internationalist

Linha De Passe

Magazine article New Internationalist

Linha De Passe

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Linha de Passe

directed by Walter Saltes and Daniela Thomas (113 minutes)

This, thank God, is not another second rate City Of God. It is Brazilian, and about the struggle to survive in the city, but it isn't flashy, doesn't set out to excite or thrill, doesn't feature lives blasted away by gang violence. This is about rejecting crime and violence, and about how hard that makes it to survive and get by.

Not that this film is at all dull, preachy or earnest. Cutting between scenes in the lives of five members of a São Paolo family, it just shows, convincingly and compellingly, their limited life choices.

Dinho, Dênis, Dario and Reginaldo are brothers. Their mother, Cleuza, loses her job as a domestic cleaner because she's pregnant. Her eldest, Denis, who owns a moped, works as a courier, but doesn't earn enough to support a girlfriend and baby. …

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