The movie

013CIFF21 The Book of Delights

Length: 100 min
Country: Brazilië
Language spoken: Portugees
Language subtitles: Engels
Cast: SIMONE SPOLADORE, JAVIER DROLAS, FELIPE ROCHA, GABRIEL STAUFFER, MARTHA NOWILL
Director: Marcella Lordy
Release date: 2021

Description

EUROPEAN PREMIÈRE The reputation of Clarice Lispector, one of Brazil’s most fêted writers, has skyrocketed in the last ten years, and now director and co-writer Marcela Lordy has made a film as thorny, erotic, and complex as Lispector’s writing demands. Set in Rio, this compelling character study focuses on a complicated, intelligent, freedom-loving, slightly damaged woman not unlike Lispector herself: Lóri (the mesmerizing Simone Spoladore, Best Actress at BAFICI), a teacher who picks up men and women on a whim but is always searching. Then she begins a stop-start relationship with arrogant but likeable philosophy professor Ulisses (Javier Drolas)… There is a lot to ike here inaddition to Spoladore’s spot-on performance - scenes with her students are a delight; a visit from her chastising brother has truth; her heartbreak at the early loss of her mother (Lispector suffered the same thing) is felt. That the film is also so visually rich makes this a sumptuous and captivating work.