A hot summer in Lisbon. David, 14, awaits the imminent death of his grandfather but refuses to visit him, fearing this terrible loss. His mother, Mónica, spends her nights at the hospital. The void already left by his grandfather forces David to become the man of the house.
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The ecstasy of academic cinema in a scholastic version: copying the pictorial effect of Pedro Costa films, but not his "pathos" and much less his "ethos", we have the usual drift by a socially disadvantaged community, so typical of the "quality" European cinema. Basically, an act of aesthetic inventory - there is no single frame that is not beautiful and (in)significant -, without any (con)textual interest. A bother.
Those familiar with Salaviza's short films will see how much he staid within his comfort zone in this coming-of-age story with a protagonist adrift in an ruthless (almost post-apocalyptic) life, lacking in emotional structure and family support. I'm not sure if all that darkness was enough to fill its running time, I would like to have seen at least a stronger scene between David and his mother.