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Compassionate, emotionally detailed, and populated with resonant characters, The Way He Looks leaves a warmth that lingers.
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The film offers something much deeper, and what is not said makes it refreshing, and beautiful.
Brazilian writer-director Daniel Ribeiro displays an assured sense of tone in this debut feature, sustaining an air of fragile beauty but never once slipping into preciousness.
Ribeiro lacks a sense of dramatic construction, with the narrative stumbling about thoughtlessly, retracing the same ground over and over.
Brazilian gay coming-of-age tale, almost quaint in its old-fashioned sweetness and gentle dramatics.
A warm, smart and thoroughly delightful coming-of-age story.
"Admirable throughout is the balance that Ribeiro strikes between dewy eroticism and the contextualization of sexuality as just a single aspect of one's identity, albeit an essential one."
The Way He Looks is tight, well balanced and good humored. It depicts the subtle pain of rejection, conflict and jealousy without being disproportionately melodramatic.
...the execution is heartfelt and the actors charming.
There are a lot of 'coming of age' movies and a lot of romantic comedies, but very few good ones. This is one of those rare good ones. It isn't a great film, but it is certainly a good one.
Anyone with a disability or who has variously challenged people in their lives (which is pretty much all of us), will enjoy the feeling of hope that permeates director/writer Daniel Ribeiro's entry into the gay, coming-of-age genre.
Daniel Ribeiro's slightly corny, proficiently visualized coming-of-age tale floats on the strains of B&S' music as he imagines a triangle between a blind boy, his best female friend and the new boy in school.
Writer Daniel Ribeiro shows a talent in creating a believable YA story that is not conventional in style, content and tone and directs his young cast with a deft hand.
A delicate and tremendously sweet coming-of-age story that left me smiling the whole time thanks to its sensibility and adorable characters - and Ribeiro directs it with an impressive confidence, expanding the short film it is based on into a much more nuanced narrative.
I saw this at the 2015 Cleveland International Film Festival. Expanded from young director Daniel Ribeiro's 2010 short I Don't Want to Go Back Alone. The three young Brazilian actors who star (Ghilherme Lobo, Fabio Audi, and Tess Amorim) do not have a lot of acting experience. The whole film felt a little amateurish and soap opera-ish. The love story of two high school boys discovering their sexuality is sweet. Mix into this that the one young man Leonardo, played by Ghilherme Lobo, is blind and seeking independence in the world. The teens, parents, and teachers as written are all playing types instead of real, fully developed characters.
In what is perhaps one of the most sentimental coming-of-age films of the year, The Way He Looks is an artfully told Brazilian film that follows Leonardo, a blind boy dealing with the everyday struggles of life due to his disability. He is teased and ridiculed by others in his high school on a daily basis, and his best friend, Giovana, stands by his side every step of the way-physically and metaphorically.
Yet, Leonardo yearns for independence. He longs to discover the world, and moreover, discover himself. His life slowly begins to change as he befriends a new student, Gabriel. The two instantly click and become extremely close friends, sparking jealously from Giovana and afflicted feeling from Leonardo as he attempts to make sense of his thoughts, experiences, and sexuality.
The Way He Looks is a subtle yet magnificent tale about friendship, love, and hardship, and it is one that is flawlessly presented with sentimental and humanistic meaning.
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