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...a well-observed slice of social realist cinema.
Pacing is a problem with Love For Sale, but meaning never is.
Guedes is electrifying, and so un-Hollywood you have to cheer for the continuing health of Brazilian cinema.
The steamy Brazilian drama Love for Sale takes a timeworn Hollywood premise -- down-on-her-luck woman turns hooker to survive -- and gives it an enthralling new twist.
Love for Sale has a deep sympathy for sexual free spirits in a rigid macho society.
The story's one-note -- once you know the title, you pretty much get the gist.
The film never integrates its taste for beautiful landscapes with its devotion to the quotidian: the two rest side by side without gelling.
Yet another addition to that deplorable male fantasy on screen, namely that prostitution is a primary path to female empowerment and liberation.
In the end, the story feels a little thin and we never feel like we've gotten close to Hermila, but then she's someone who doesn't seem willing to reveal all to anyone so maybe Ainouz' tone is a good fit for the film.
Gripping. Proves that subtlety is yet another of this fine filmmaker's strengths.
Love for Sale is a small film, but is one with a big heart.
Ainouz obviously knows his turf, and is in full control of the material and his actors.
A deceptively simple drama that works not only as a nuanced character study about a single mother struggling to raise her child but also as a touching social commentary on the miserable conditions faced by those who leave the countryside of Brazil looking for a better chance in life.
I saw this with English subtitles. I did not find it outstanding, but worth watching. Is it a comment on the few choices a Brazilian woman has - especially one with a child? Her husband abandons her, and she is left to raise their son with no income in a dead town - even his mother is no help.
[font=Century Gothic]"Love for Sale" starts with Hermila(Hermila Guedes) returning to her hometown of Iguatu from Sao Paulo with her newborn son but without Mateus, the boy's father, who has promised to follow soon. But it becomes clear that will not be the case and Hermila gets involved with an old flame, Joao(Joao Miguel). That is not enough to make her stay, so she launches a fundraising plan by raffling off a night with herself...[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]"Love for Sale" is a provocative little drama that is quite straightforward. I do not know if what Hermila does is prostitution(she thinks no, since it's a one time deal) but I would not condemn her in any case nor does the film. But the citizens of the town do, much more harshly than Mateus for the abandonment of his family which is far worse. Either Hermila does not recall how life in a small town works(she uses an assumed name but her dyed blonde hair makes her easily identifiable) or she is just defiantly burning her bridges.[/font]
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