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.