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Araby

Andre (Murilo Caliari) is an aimless teenager in southeastern Brazil, taking care of his sickly brother and riding his bike around town. When he finds the diary of an itinerant worker, Andre becomes enthralled with the man’s life story. And that man is Cristiano (Aristides de Sousa), a magnetic screen presence, who we subsequently follow through various jobs, loves, and travels across the Brazilian countryside. Cristiano’s journeys take on a subtly political, hardscrabble tone at most junctures, but he is an unflappable figure, incessantly searching for a better life in this smallest of epics. “An instant classic…marked by boundless humanism and mature insight.”—Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter.Araby becomes a deeply felt ballad of the drifting life, devoid of sentimentality but long on empathy. Most importantly, the story is told through Cristiano’s words, with voiceover from the notebook providing an utterly convincing record of a young worker discovering himself through writing. While many filmmakers claim to give voice to the marginal, few have done so with the artistic and political sensitivity displayed in Araby.”—Nicholas Elliott, Film Comment.

Genres: Drama