It’s Spring in New York! Flowers are blooming, hearts are lifting, and there’s no better time to daydream about a trip….maybe to Rio or Lisbon? If you’ve ever dreamed of a life in Portuguese, you will love these Portuguese-language feel-good films currently streaming online. Stream one, stream two, stream them all, and don’t forget to sign up for our spring Portuguese classes starting this week!
Most Beautiful Thing (Coisa Mais Linda)
Giuliano Cedroni, Heather Roth (2019, Brazil), Netflix
A lush new Netflix production that will put you in a springtime mood. In the conservative 1950’s, a traditional housewife arrives from her village to Rio in search of her missing husband. When she can’t find him, she goes into business as a club-owner in the brand new Bossa Nova club scene and trades her old life for a glamorous new one. Fun and beautifully shot!
The Way He Looks (Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho)
Daniel Ribeiro (2014, Brazil), Kanopy
A sweet love story set to the twee stylings of Belle and Sebastian. Leo, a blind teenager, has never been kissed. That is, until a new boy, Gabriel, arrives at his school, and a romance begins which will change both of their lives.
The Strange Case of Angelica (O Estranho Caso de Angélica)
Manoel de Oliveira (2010, Portugal), iTunes
This haunting romance was made by Manoel de Oliveira, a towering figure in Portuguese cinema, near the end of his career and life. Oliveira made his first film in 1927, and he conceived of the idea for Angelica in 1946 and wrote the script in 1952, but didn’t get around to making it until he was 102. A ghost story that is more gently funny than scary, the film tells the tale of a young photographer who falls in love with a dead woman he can only see in his dreams and his photographs. Very touching and interesting for its unique use of digital effects in a manner that almost resembles silent film.
Carmo, Hit the Road (Carmo)
Murilo Pasta (2008, Brazil), Kanopy
A classic road-trip tale. A young girl desperate to get out of her miserable Brazilian village jumps at the chance to leave town with a mysterious Spanish smuggler who is just passing through. Sex, crime, romance, and country roads–a great Brazilian addition to the genre for fans of Y Tu Mamá También and Pierrot le Fou.