By Cristiane OLIVEIRA


Drama - Completed 2012

A blind 40-year-old man and his daughter live near the Brazilian-Uruguayan border. An odd attraction arises between them as he becomes aware that she is no longer a child. It all turns out to be unbearable when an Uruguayan woman comes into theis lives.

& Awards

Rio de Janeiro IFF 2016
Première Brazil Best feature director - Cristiane Oliveira
Berlinale - EFM 2017
Generation Plus
    • Year of production
    • 2012
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • BRAZIL
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 100 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Cristiane OLIVEIRA
    • Writer(s)
    • Cristiane OLIVEIRA
    • Producer(s)
    • Aletéia SELONK (Okna Production)
    • Synopsis
    • Olga is an old weaver who lives off handicraft and is
      helped by her son, Ruben (40), and her granddaughter Nalu (16). In a village near the border of Brazil and Uruguay, both father and daughter live with the overprotective Olga. The frail family balance is lost with Olga’s sudden death. Raised almost as brother and sister, Ruben and Nalu have to learn to live as father and daughter.
      Ruben became blind at the age of 20 as a result of a poorly treated disease. He was a draftsman at a newspaper
      in the state capital city. Retired for disability, he went back to live with his mother when his wife passed away giving birth. Nalu, motherless, was raised by her grandmother without ever getting any paternal tenderness. With Olga’s absence, Ruben lives the angst of not having anyone to describe the world to him. Increasingly overcome with his situation, Ruben spends more time with
      his daughter. Their forced intimacy brings tension into their relationship, which had been cold and distant until then.
      One day, he sits next to Nalu’s bedroom wall by chance when she is talking on the phone with a friend. The erotic tone of her descriptions of her date with Juan, a young
      Uruguayan disturbs Ruben. Nalu falls in love with Juan and gets closer to her art teacher, Catarina (29), a beautiful Uruguayan whom she asks for advice in flirting with Juan. Ruben starts listening to his daughter’s conversations and discovers that she is the one who can describe life to him. Nalu and Juan break up during school vacation and Ruben shows concern about Nalu’s sadness. His
      change of attitude makes her gain confidence to give
      and get affection. With this approach, Nalu receives the touches of her father with an adolescent curiosity. The boundary between tenderness and eroticism is thin in the odd attraction arising between them.
      After an art class, in which students are encouraged to mould clay while blindfolded, Nalu gets an idea. She decides to help Ruben find relief of his angst by inviting Catarina to give him private lessons. The exercises stimulate Ruben. Nalu is grateful to Catarina, who, in her turn,
      discovers the attractive man that hides under Ruben’s rough appearance. He lets himself get seduced by the teacher. The final conflict happens when Catarina starts taking up space in Nalu’s house. Nalu, who so far felt like her father’s only woman, faces Catarina as a rival.
      Reconciliation is possible. However, it leaves visible
      marks in the protagonists of a love triangle that doesn’t