Rita is 15 and spends the summer between warm afternoons of teenage love and party nights with her friend Sara. From Portugal to the South Pacific, the pleasures of this routine will take a turn when the young girl visits the art show of a new neighbor in the local community.
What this film offers has nothing to do with what we would imagine from the plot outline. João Nicolau puts different storylines on display, which grow stronger in a unique synergy: the follow-up Rita (framings and angles that highlight Júlia Palha’s stunning beauty), the accumulation of small gestures that put the characters’ actions off-center (a line of dialogue, an attitude of absurd elegance, as in João César Monteiro’s films), and the increasing insertion of fantasy in the everyday world. The eccentricity of John From confirms us that one can tell well-known stories and rarefy them not to turn them into something inaccessible, but into something charming. The fact that its universe lacks meanness and cynicism also allows it to make great use of the Lambada through some brilliant musicalization. JPM
D: João Nicolau G: João Nicolau, Mariana Ricardo F: Mário Castanheira E: Alessandro Comodin, João Nicolau DA: Bruno Duarte S: Miguel Martins M: João Lobo P: Luís Urbano, Sandro Aguilar PE: Luís Urbano CP: O Som e a Fúria, Shellac Sud I: Júlia Palha, Clara Riedenstein, Filipe Vargas, Leonor Silveira, Adriano Luz
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He was born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1975. He studied anthropology and is also a director, actor, editor and musician. He directed several short films, such as Rapace (2006; Bafici ‘09), Song of Love and Health (2009), The Gift of Tears (2012), Wild Haggis (2013) and the feature-length fiction The Sword and the Rose (2010; Bafici ‘11).