Instead, this fiction feature debut from visual artist and documentary filmmaker Gabriel Mascaro Housemaids, Defiant Brasilia plays like a languid and decidedly arty contemplation of life and death on the northern Brazilian coast, which is battered in August by the severe gales of the title.
Only de Morais is a professional actress but she blends in beautifully with the locals, including Salvino dos Santos, who plays her wise grandmother, and Manoel dos Santos, who plays Jeison with a touching combination of youth, desire and inexperience.
They include a skull that Jeison finds on the ocean floor and, later, a corpse that has washed ashore and that the young diver decides to take home, much to the annoyance of his old man.
A gorgeously shot item very much deserving of big-screen projection, this title should pick up steam on the festival circuit, though more traditional theatrical exposure will be limited.
Sua chegada tem impacto na relação de dois jovens habitantes da vila, Shirley e Jeison.
Indeed, much of the film, shot by Mascaro himself in a stunningly crisp if occasionally smoky color palette, is photographed in a leisurely observant style that allows the underlying themes of life and death, in a place that seems eternal but in reality is constantly being attacked and reshaped by the elements, to surface organically.