Gabriel and the Mountain (Gabriel e a montanha) Reviews

December 10, 2020
Gabriel and the Mountain, in some ways, exists to puncture the bourgeois fantasy of traveling without being a tourist.
October 15, 2020
Gabriel and the Mountain is a warts-and-all equivalent, appealing in its scenic attractions but cautionary in its psychological ones...
November 26, 2018
It tells the tragic true story of a young Brazilian backpacker.
November 6, 2018
It's an affecting portrait and even though the film doesn't carry the weight it might have done, it makes its point.
August 29, 2018
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.
August 21, 2018
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.
June 15, 2018
Barbosa has beautifully honored his friend's spirit with his lovely, touching film.
June 14, 2018
Barbosa tracks the feverish ups and downs of his friend's journey through his charming, maddening character.
June 14, 2018
June 13, 2018
A perceptive and poetic hybrid of documentary and fiction. It both captures and gently critiques Gabriel's free-spirited, adventurous sensibility.
June 12, 2018
The film seems to think that the mere recognition of Gabriel as a narcissist sufficiently complicates the character's sense of entitlement.
November 10, 2017
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.
November 9, 2017
Ultimately, the movie does have subtle things to say about colliding worlds, class privilege, and human unpredictability.
November 2, 2017
Moving and tragic, it still celebrates the life of its (real) protagonist. [Full review in Portuguese.]
June 7, 2017
Besides a portrait of contradictions, the movie also doubles as a wonderful piece of armchair traveling.
May 30, 2017
A film where we find the emotional connection with the character but not with the meaning of the journey. [Full review in Spanish]
May 23, 2017
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.
May 22, 2017
Gabriel and the Mountain offers a moving look at the transformative nature of travel, both on those hopping around the world in search of a new perspective and those they encounter along the way.
May 22, 2017
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.