Once Upon a Time Veronica (2014)

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Brazil's Marcelo Gomes leaps to the front rank of South American filmmakers with his sophomore feature ONCE UPON A TIME VERONICA (Era uma vez eu, Veronica), a superbly sensual character study of a young woman navigating emotional and professional crossroads. Built around a stunning central performance by Hermila Guedes, it premiered at Toronto Film Festival before landing five major awards at Brazil's national film festival in Brasilia and then nabbing a special mention in the Horizontes Latinos section at San Sebastian. Veronica is fresh out of medical school. It's a crucial time in her life, a period filled with doubts and important decisions to be made: tough career choices, her intimate bond with her ailing father, and her active but chaotic love life. Veronica must deal with all of them as she tries to cope with the adult life that lies ahead. ONCE UPON A TIME VERONICA is a fairy-tale in reverse. There are no fairy godmothers, no weddings, and no dreams. Veronica's story reveals itself through adventures, misfortunes, desires and songs. (C) Big World Pictures

Cast

Hermila Guedes
as Verônica
W.J. Solha
as Zé Maria
João Miguel
as Gustavo
Julio Rocha
as Dr. Roberto
Neco Tabosa
as Veronica's Friend
Chico Ribeiro
as Dr. Francisco
Dandara pAGU
as Veronica's Friend
Magdalena Accioly
as Enfermeira Chefe
Madalena Accioly
as Enfermeira Chefe
Matheus Torreao
as Paciente Jailton
Sandro Guerra
as Paciente Agressivo
Pablo Granjeiro
as Enfermeiro
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Critic Reviews for Once Upon a Time Veronica

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (7)

Shot in the same urban slum as Kleber Filho's Neighboring Sounds, this relentlessly bleak character study offers a disheartening glimpse of contemporary Brazilian life.

Dec 11, 2014 | Full Review…

It's all a bit dissolute and daffy, but at least her prescription for happiness doesn't come out of a bottle.

Dec 4, 2014 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

"Veronica" is the kind of small film from a faraway country that would be easy not to notice as the waves of major studio releases crash onto theatrical shores. But that would be a pity.

Nov 26, 2014 | Full Review…

Mr. Gomes remains laudably faithful to his character, and Ms. Guedes's bodily sense of languor gets across more than any crystal-clear dramatic statement would.

Sep 7, 2014 | Full Review…

Guedes's complex performance leaves no doubt regarding the fragility of Veronica's psyche.

Sep 2, 2014 | Full Review…

Brazil's Marcelo Gomes leaps to the front rank of South American filmmakers.

Aug 22, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Once Upon a Time Veronica

Anchored by Hermila Guedes's committed performance, this is an interesting and nuanced portrait of discontent, anhedonia and the unbearable weight of apathy in a decadent Brazilian city, even if it becomes repetitious after a while and doesn't really seem to go anywhere in the end.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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