Araby (Arábia)


Araby (Arábia) (2018)


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Andre, a teenager, lives in an industrial town in Brazil near an old aluminum factory. One day, a factory worker, Cristiano, suffers an accident. Asked to go to Cristiano's house to pick up clothes and documents, Andre stumbles on a notebook, and it's here that Araby begins - or, rather, transforms. As Andre reads from the journal entries, we are plunged into Cristiano's life, into stories of his wanderings, adventures, and loves. Beautifully written and filmed, Araby is a fable-like road movie about a young man who sets off on a ten-year journey in search of a better life.


Critic Reviews for Araby (Arábia)

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (7)

It's doubtlessly true, relentlessly dreary and certainly part of the modern conversation. The question is: Does it add anything to that conversation?

Oct 18, 2018 | Rating: C+
Detroit News
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Araby is unmistakably contemporary in its fashions, settings, and physical behavior; the similarities to the past seem found rather than manufactured.

Aug 16, 2018 | Rating: 3/4

A beautifully turned Brazilian movie that carries on as if a social-cause documentary and a folk song confessional had entered into a poignant embrace.

Aug 9, 2018

The filmmakers dramatize, thinly but ardently, the rise of self-consciousness, of a revolution in the soul that hints at political action.

Jul 2, 2018

Thanks to Mr. de Sousa's superb performance, the movie often convincingly portrays not just the exploited condition of laborers such as Cristiano, but the nagging sadness of life itself.

Jun 21, 2018

This is a beautiful bummer, giving voice to someone who's barely a number, but only to remind us that most of us are OK not thinking about numbers at all.

Jun 20, 2018

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