Dir/scr: Leonardo Mouramateus. Brazil/Portugal. 2023. 109mins
Little white lies do battle with inconvenient truths in Greice, a nonchalant, loose-limbed fol-de-rol through which the title character confronts life’s many challenges with half-truths, exaggerations and evasions. A gentle-mannered confection positive factors in enchantment because it unfolds, and will entice pageant curiosity after a world premiere at Rotterdam.
A gentle-mannered confection positive factors in enchantment because it unfolds
Author/director Leonardo Mouramateus’s first characteristic Antonio One Two Three (2017) was additionally a world premiere at Rotterdam. Now his third characteristic continues an curiosity in deception, fantasy and the way in which we embellish details to create a extra attention-grabbing model of our banal lives. Greice (Amandyra) is a Brazilian scholar on a Wonderful Arts course in Lisbon, majoring in sculpture. She works at a espresso stand and assists with the make-up for the movies of rising music star Clea (Isabel Zuaa). She is glad to let the world suppose she is a supervisor of each the espresso stand and Clea.
An incorrigible chancer, Greice meets Afonso (Mauro Soares) when she blags her manner into his home to make use of his pool on a sweltering summer time’s day. She claims it might be good for a Clea video shoot. It’s the starting of a prickly relationship that ultimately leads them to a brisker’s welcome party-cum-treasure hunt in a museum the place a treasured portray is about alight, and suspicion falls on Greice. She flees the nation to her native Fortaleza in northeastern Brazil, decided to clean the whole lot out and legally return to Portugal. Staying in a resort slightly than informing anybody of her return provides an extra complication.
The get together is central to the story, with Mouramateus flashing backwards to the occasions main as much as it and always circling again to it because the story progresses. Every time we study extra particulars of what truly occurred on the evening in query. Discovering the reality sustains the narrative with out ever turning into a compelling hook.
Greice has a few of the traits of a basic screwball comedy – particularly in a disruptive, impulsive heroine who appears oblivious to the chaos she causes. The manufacturing design and costumes add components of exuberance, utilizing an Almodovar-friendly palette of shiny color blocks for visible enchantment. But Mouramateus doesn’t favour scewball tempo or fizz. Greice is as laidback as its central character, a lady for whom deception is second nature. We uncover that even her childhood diary was a pack of lies. Willowy, smiling Amandyra makes her a blithe spirit.
Mouramateus does profit from the areas. The huge museum in Lisbon is filled with winding marble staircases, work and vibrant murals. The nameless resort in Fortaleza, with its expansive reception space and alluring pool, accommodates plenty of corners for concealment and deception. Greice’s homecoming could trace at a second of reckoning, however inevitably it turns into one other alternative for reinvention. Any classes realized alongside the way in which appear to use extra to different characters than to her, though the have to be true to your self is signalled all through.
Amandyra brings a modest appeal to Greice, actually ample to make it credible that no one can keep offended along with her for too lengthy. There are notable supporting performances from Bruna Pessoa as Greice’s feisty cousin Marcia and Dipas as useful, easygoing resort receptionist Enrique – each of them prepared accomplices within the video games that Greice performs with truth and fiction. Extra pleasant because it goes on, Greice additionally serves up an infectious swingueira dance quantity, and the decision of what actually occurred on the brisker’s get together ought to satisfying anybody who nonetheless needs to get on the fact of the matter.
Manufacturing firms: Glaz Entretenimento, Ukbar Filmes
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Producers: Mayra Lucas, Paulo Serpa, Andy Malafaia
Cinematography: Leonardo Simoes
Manufacturing design: Tais Augusto Lima, Manuela Falcao
Modifying: Karen Akerman
Music: Fernando Pereira Lopes
Important forged: Amandyra, Dipas, Mauro Soares, Isabel Zuaa, Marcia Lanca, Bruna Pessoa