Connect with us


Criticism | Deserto Particular – Brazil’s Oscar Rep shows love can flourish in arid terrain



Since the release of the great thriller Para Minha Amada Morta (2015), Bahia-Curitiba’s Aly Muritiba has proven to be an increasingly productive and restless filmmaker. Whether later in the cinema with Ferrugem (2018) and Nós por Nóis (2018), or even on television and other streaming services, with the hits Carcereiros (2018) and O Caso Evandro (2021). This year alone, in addition to the aforementioned Globoplay documentary series, Muritiba presents two new feature films: the Jesus Kid-style comedy and perhaps the best film of his career to date, Deserto Particular. After receiving standing ovations in Italy during the Venice Film Festival and winning several awards around the world, the production was selected by the Brazilian Academy of Cinema and Visual Arts to represent Brazil at the Oscar 2022 in the category Best international film.

At this point, the most obvious type of question that arises and repeats itself is whether Private Desert will truly live up to expectations, something that always runs up against the fringes of private perception, not least because of moral values ​​and attitudes. social concepts that we carry and absorb throughout life. However, even if the present considerations are to the contrary for some, it is practically impossible to remain indifferent to what the book treats with great respect and sensitivity. There is no way, no matter how everyday, that human relationships will naturally fascinate and arouse the interest of the individual, mainly because our souls feed on experiences. And when we are faced with atypical situations within what society has generally built, what many call an error in the Matrix occurs.

Produced for six years and shot in two states, the plot seems at first simplistic because it brings out the routine of Daniel (Antônio Saboia), the son of a retired soldier who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and has need a comprehensive care. Daniel was also a respected police officer, but was removed from society for extrapolating into violence and leaving a boy in a coma, now having to take turns doing odd jobs and looking after his father. This daily life transforms the subject’s life into a void that is only filled when he corresponds with Sara, his virtual passion that lives inside Bahia. Daniel has never seen her in person, but he’s madly in love. Everything changes when Sara finds out about the police incident and stops responding to her lover’s messages, leaving Daniel in utter despair. Without thinking too much, he goes alone on a road trip from south to northeast and, there, something absolutely unusual happens and everything changes completely.

And that changes for real, including in the whole structure and atmosphere, because from then on, the film which was once a drama becomes an intense, painful and forbidden love story. Sara ends up becoming the main protagonist of the film and the small town of Sobradinho serves as a kind of microcosm that reflects an underdeveloped Brazil, which insists on evolving both economically and socially. It should be understood that each first act fundamentally has the function of humanizing the figure of Daniel and showing its nuances. We see that the man capable of spanking someone is also the same man who takes care of his father and tries to be the careful older brother – although he still exhibits a latent prejudice when he does. disapproves of his sister’s homo-affective relationship, leaving no room even for dialogue.

Enjoy watching:

In addition to the second half, we can get to know Sara’s life and worldview in depth – and here’s a warning about the possible spoiler that may lessen some of the impact of Private Desert, because if you don’t want to not know, go to the next paragraph. In short, Sara is actually played by the young actor Pedro Fasanaro who gives his all and builds a three-dimensional figure that is both physical and sentimental. From the punctual and detailed text of Aly Muritiba himself, Sara is not the typical archetype of a transsexual person from a raw interior dominated by ecclesiastical laws. During the day, Sara becomes Robson, a guy who does physical work and who fits, naturally, among his teammates. But without ever losing his essence or denying what he feels, he is a fascinating character in many ways, especially when he exposes to Daniel what he thinks and has learned about the course of life. In fact, the parallel created between Sara’s life and a reservoir of water that at any moment could break and reach the sea is the kind of balcony that borders on excellence and earns even more points and outlines. to the writing of Muritiba. .

Aesthetically distant from the productions of the Southeast, Deserto Particular is not afraid to get dirty in the midst of all the aridity of Juazeiro in Bahia. He collects several open planes and prides himself on a natural setting that presents, like a veritable gallery of paintings, landscapes that perfectly correspond to the dilemma addressed. In fact, the film separates one of the most beautiful and striking moves that national cinematography has produced recently, when Daniel and Sara dance together to the sound of Bonnie Tyler and their cheesy classic Total Eclipse of the Heart, a song that comes with strength and class from a poem written by Pablo Neruda. We will hardly forget it after watching the scene in question, especially when the director manages to create a narrative rhyme that joins the end credits, and which also has to do with the idea of ​​the river flowing into the sea. exquisite work that places Aly Muritiba among the most interesting contemporary filmmakers of the Brazilian scene.

Text originally published on the cover of the Ciné PE 2021 festival.

Make sure to watch:

Continue Reading

Recent News

Cold Cold
Lifestyle21 hours ago

6 Tips for Working Out in the Cold Season

As winter’s icy embrace tightens, maintaining an active lifestyle demands fortitude and savvy adaptation to the cold. However, armed with...

insMind insMind
Tech2 days ago

Reimagine Your Photos with insMind: The Best Free AI Background Generator

Imagine turning a simple snap into a studio-quality image in seconds. No technical skills or hiring professionals are required. Sounds...

Sickness Insurance Sickness Insurance
Health4 days ago

Exploring the Essentials of Sickness Insurance

In an uncertain world where health is often unpredictable and sickness is common, insurance stands as a pillar of financial...

Manchester Manchester
Real Estate4 days ago

Manchester Property Market: Future Growth and Expert Insights

For those seeking lucrative, low-cost, high-yield investment opportunities, the property market in Manchester currently presents a compelling case. Estate agents...

Baking Baking
Food5 days ago

3 Reasons Why Baking is a Great Hobby for 2024

Life in 2024 is fast-paced, making it hard for people to find time for hobbies they enjoy. However, if you...

Visa Visa
Travel6 days ago

Which Countries are Visa free for Malaysia?

For Malaysian travelers, the ease of visa regulations can significantly impact travel plans and opportunities. Visa-free entry to certain countries...

Custom Notebooks Custom Notebooks
Lifestyle7 days ago

The Top Benefits of Using Custom Notebooks for Work or School

Custom notebooks have become increasingly popular in recent years for both work and school purposes. These personalised notebooks offer a...

Goron Tula Goron Tula
Health1 week ago

Goron Tula: Embracing Nature’s Healing Touch for Optimal Wellness

In a fast-paced world filled with artificial remedies and quick fixes, the allure of a natural care and wellness product...

Lease Cleaning Melbourne Lease Cleaning Melbourne
Lifestyle2 weeks ago

End of Lease Cleaning Melbourne: Ensuring a Smooth Transition

Moving out of a rental property in Melbourne? End-of-lease cleaning is a crucial final step, ensuring you meet the stringent...

Melbourne Melbourne
Lifestyle2 weeks ago

Finding Hoarding Help in Melbourne: A Compassionate Guide to Resources and Support

Hoarding disorder is a complex mental health condition that affects individuals and families across Melbourne. It’s characterized by persistent difficulty...