The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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Barbosa tracks the feverish ups and downs of his friend's journey through his charming, maddening character.
A perceptive and poetic hybrid of documentary and fiction. It both captures and gently critiques Gabriel's free-spirited, adventurous sensibility.
Director Barbosa's love letter to his late friend is emotionally satisfying and cinematically splendid, with social commentary shoe-horned in for better or worse.
Watching "Gabriel and the Mountain" is like getting to know all sides of a friend's character: You may discover more arrogance than expected, but the elements you always liked are reinforced.
What kind of commercial market there is out there for this kind of fare beyond Brazil, where Buchmann's story is quite well-known, remains a question mark.
It tells the tragic true story of a young Brazilian backpacker.
It's an affecting portrait and even though the film doesn't carry the weight it might have done, it makes its point.
The setting seems like a place made for ghosts. And yet the lasting impression made by Gabriel and the Mountain is life-affirming and ultimately joyful.
The filmmaker's lyrical naturalism prevents "Gabriel and the Mountain" from feeling dry or remote. To call it a docudrama feels reductive; it does this captivating true-life tale a disservice.
Barbosa has beautifully honored his friend's spirit with his lovely, touching film.
The film seems to think that the mere recognition of Gabriel as a narcissist sufficiently complicates the character's sense of entitlement.
By using the same locations that the real-life Gabriel visited in his travels as well as people who met him along his way playing themselves, Felipe Barbosa creates a profoundly moving character study that blurs the line between reality and fiction to near perfection.
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