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I Remember

Fellini fans might enjoy this nostalgic 2005 feature about a Brazilian boy growing up among assorted eccentrics in the Bahian city of Salvador in the 50s. The movie's first half has a madcap feel, as the central character shows a pronounced interest in sex even as a young child, copping a feel of his mother's breasts and playing tent under her skirt. Despite the admonitions of the church, sex fills the air, just as political strife will a decade later when the government cracks down on the nascent civil rights movement. The movie loses momentum during the protagonist's hippie period, and his prolonged experiments with drugs seem to play out in real time. Writer-director Edgard Navarro is something of a late bloomer; he made this autobiographical debut feature at 57. In Portuguese with subtitles. 110 min.

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