The dramaturgy seems to have been developed in ten minutes, during a break. The camerawork is simply unexisting. The aesthetic formulations are... Well, I think they are basically not. So what's left? A lot of good (and opportunistic) intentions that successfully corner the kind-hearted (and opportunistic) film audience into liking this unlikeable film.
I'm not particularly enamored with Muylaert's filmography and Mãe Só Há Uma still doesn't make me a hardcore fan of hers, but I always liked how she has no time for melodrama and this time she finally built in some good fish out ot water tension, without resorting to the easy indie film cliches (well, mostly). It really goes nowhere, it's true, but I quite enjoyed this disjointed walk we had.
everyone except for the main character feels just 'meh' and i don't even want to indulge in them. the only honest thing portrayed here is his relationship with his (not really) sister and (new) brother. the ending does it for me. that's what i needed. everything else is just too explanatory.