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Temporada (Long Way Home). 2018. Brazil. Written and directed by André Novais Oliveira. With Grace Passô, Russo Apr, Rejane Faria. In Portuguese; English subtitles. 113 min.
The everyday takes on a profound and touching resonance in André Novais Oliveira’s debut fiction film. Juliana (an excellent Grace Passô) moves from her Brazilian hometown of Itaúnas to the larger and more sprawling Contagem to take a job in a public-health program combating the spread of dengue fever. While waiting for her husband to join her, she sets about making the rounds, inspecting people’s homes for mosquito hiding places and becoming acquainted with a new cast of characters who will lead her to look beyond her past and toward an uncertain future. A deft, deeply felt character study, Long Way Home establishes Oliveira as a great emerging talent of contemporary Brazilian cinema.
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