Era o Hotel Cambridge tells the story of refugees, recently arrived in Brazil who, together with a group of low-income workers, occupy an old abandoned building in downtown São Paulo. Daily dramas, comical situations and different views on the world commingle with the threat of impending eviction.
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Yes. YES! Caffé shows that brazilian cinema can still be fresh and offer new discussions to film's growing audiences: it's a contemporary ethno cinema that comes as a powerful breathe of art inside our cultural industry. The mix of people, the mix of stories that converge into an experimental portrait of the housing issue. It's simbiotic living within the revolution - and it goes bigger, bigger and bigger. Well done!
This is a wild and urgent experiment in docufiction. It does not always work, but its importance cannot be understated as this ever so timely blend of real life and drama is more important than any cinema convention, though I must admit that the professional actors were distracting and the real life of the film rests on the non actors.