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This 2003 Brazilian feature brims with sparkling comic moments, though a disconsolate pall hangs over it. After living in Paris for 20 years, an intellectual returns to his hometown of Sao Paulo and finds that most of his old friends have forsaken the political activism of their youth and settled into bourgeois complacency. Director Ugo Giorgetti creates a menagerie of eccentrics, among them the protagonist's nephew, a brilliant teacher institutionalized for espousing a radically rewritten history of Brazil, and the wheelchair-bound Renato, an alternately ebullient and dyspeptic alcoholic who personifies most poignantly his generation's misplaced hopes. In Portuguese with subtitles. 102 min.

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