I didn't really care that Benzinho has a few stale directing mannerisms, some instances of uncalled for "ACTING" or lame dancing. I loved it and 90% was because of Teles. Contrary to what the trailers made it look, there's never a dull moment here and the internal struggles are beautifully delt with in very universal (and mostly fun) ways.
A film of mixed merits that ultimately makes an impact and compensates for flaws. The latter include some weakly constructed characters in terms of psychology and an uduly cacophonous domestic milieu. Yet Teles is excellent and the devotion of a mother humane, convincing and free of maudlin elements. Cinematically it has some good frames and the finale is impressive in terms of aural, visual and dramatic resolution.
Actually really enjoyed this. Unassumingly funny, moving, slightly crazy... And the mother is amazing, the reason I'm giving this 4 instead of 3.5*. A very pleasant time at the cinema, exactly what I needed.