Loveling

Directed by Gustavo Pizzi
New Europe Film Sales
2018
97 Minutes
Brazil, Uruguay
Portuguese
Drama
Not Rated
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On the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, Irene has only a few days to overcome her anxiety and regain her inner confidence before sending her eldest son out into the world.

  • Highest Rating
    "A wonderfully intimate project. A warm and wonderfully universal love story that comes across surprisingly unconventional for something so familiar. Brazilian star Karine Teles shines as a mother with her hands full in a melodrama that radiates with lived-in truth and everyday detail. In Pizzi and Teles’ hands, such kitchen-sink melodrama takes on a kind of poetic profundity. There’s real beauty in the moments Pizzi has chosen to share."
    Peter Debruge, Variety
  • Highest Rating
    "Loveling wisely avoids easy answers, and its deft mix of humor and melancholy never falters. Karine Teles brings ferocious warmth and humor to the lead role. (…) Without pandering to audience sympathy, she creates an exceptionally sympathetic focal point for a story that embraces the messy tenderness of life as it's lived. Pizzi and DP Pedro Faerstein use the widescreen frame to vivacious effect, finding something lyrical even in everyday chores."
    Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter
  • Highest Rating
    "Loveling relies on the charm of its chaotic central family (an overweight son who insists on carrying a giant tuba around with him, for example) and the warmth of Teles to seduce and dazzle audiences into submission."
    Fionnuala Halligan, Screen Daily
  • Highest Rating
    "Loveling paints the picture of an unruly, idiosyncratic collective with tender devotion."
    Tomris Laffly, RogerEbert.com

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