Rita has everything. 15 years and a whole summer ahead of her; a future ex-boyfriend and a best friend to braid her hair. But then, she visits an exhibition from a known neighbor, and her perfect world crumbles around her.
João Nicolau has become one of the main voices of contemporary Portuguese cinema, next to the likes of Miguel Gomes or João Pedro Rodrigues. This dreamy coming-of-age tale of both epic and intimate proportions—just like first love—is a truly original, enchanting ode to adolescence and fantasy.
At first, this depicts 2 cute girls wandering in boringly endless summer with affluent cinematography, making me think this is interesting but ordinary Rivette-esque film. But in latter half, sun-soaked chaos with girl's love & Melanesian cultures changes the world, beyond my cliched imagination, gradually & fundamentally & WHAT THE F**K. Alessandro Comodin & João Nicolau are pared treasures in contemporary cinema.
Nicolau manages to turn a very banal plot into a catchy and fresh film with a charming combination of fun music, nicely framed shots (specially the architectural elements), some dreamy sequences and that feeling of laziness/freedom we only had during the long summer days. Julia Palha was a very good choice for the leading role, providing the character with the lightness, humor and emotion it demanded.
Esquemas juveniles alterados: la lógica del coming-of-age, gastadísima a esta altura, toma vuelos inesperados en John From, donde las hormonas adolescentes afectan el realismo del relato dando lugar a la aparición de lo fantástico. No es una operación sencilla pero Nicolau confía lo suficiente en las dimensiones posibles de la ficción como para su película resulte una oda al corazón de todas esas chicas enamoradas.
Seguindo um pouco o fio condutor que mistura documentário/ficção/fantasia de Miguel Gomes, esta história aparentemente simples sobre (como o realizador indica) 'o coração de uma menina' ganha força através da fotografia, dos contrastes cromáticos, dos planos, dos nevoeiros inesperados, e da boa banda sonora - até porque "Lily Allen é fixe".
From a director that was one more variation of a cinema-mood-coolness supposedly artistic, via an authorial suspension, as Wes Anderson or Miguel Gomes, this is a gratifying film: an illusory and illusionist fable of growing that, gradually, is taking body of the film and goes beyond the unbearable commonplaces about adolescence (and the ways of filming it) to let be satisfied by an utopic exotic (alien) offering.
MY PORTUGUESE GIRL NEXT DOOR. For his first film, NICOLAU glances at Wes ANDERSON, adopting 1 acidic & naive style. After a painful & boring first half, the anecdote becomes pleasant & the end offers a pleasant surprise.= Pour son 1r film, NICOLAU lorgne vers Wes ANDERSON, adoptant 1 style acidulé & naïf. Après la 1re moitié pénible & ennuyeuse, l'anecdote devient plaisante & la fin offre une agréable surprise.
good movie, even if not that good. The style is like the story that has been told: light and colored. Basically it starts as a common summer story about a girl who falls in love with an older man. Something more comes out of the last 30 minutes: passion (if not love) of a young girl can color and reinvent urban spaces of a banal periphery.
Tepid, formulaic & contrived. As if the people who groom boy bands to be a little bit of everything (but not a lot of much) - or maybe some hamfisted AI that combs through and mimics existing works to make chilling approximations of poetry/art - made an indie film. Also couldn’t help wonder who its target audience was… Still, definitely not the worst. Plus Proust-like accuracy in depicting the 15-yr old mind. 2.75