Short Review

A busca [Father’s Chair] (2012)

2.5/4

A solid, if uninspiring, Brazilian drama, telling the story of Theo (Wagner Moura), a firmly middle-class doctor in the midst of a messy divorce, whose teenage son runs away from home to try and track down Theo’s working-class father. Director Luciano Moura (no relation) is not entirely confident, muddling through significant sections of the film, and it doesn’t help that as Theo searches through the Brazilian backwoods, he comes across as a very spoilt member of the upper-class, a perspective which the film itself sometimes unintentionally confirms. Nevertheless, it does finish strongly, with that perspective eventually becoming aligned in a more sympathetic way to the impoverished surroundings of the Brazil that exists outside of suburban gated houses and poolsides, reminding the protagonist that Brazil’s mass inequality ultimately harms even his coddled existence.

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