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Longing, The (Saudade)
Director: Jürgen Brüning
Starring: Aldri D'Anunciaçao, Daniel Bätscher, Hendrik Scheider, Maria Lucia da Silva Ludwig, Tarik Qazi
Synopsis: Three German friends decide to spend a few months in Brazil having fun. To make money, they do a daily webcast of themselves making out. But then one of them falls for a Brazilian TV star.
Quick review: Do you love those Brazilian novellas on television? You know the ones, full of melodrama and obvious plots? Then this just might be the film for you, because it suffers from both. Three German friends, all gay, decide to spend time in Brazil in the home of one of the boys' family. While one of them is a trust fund baby and can afford a local woman to take care of them, the other two are broke. To bring in some income, the turn on the webcam and fulfill requests over the Internet. But, they will only go so far and mostly want to keep it PG-13, with a little heavy petting. Shockingly, their audience is dropping. It's about this time that Erik, the blond hair, blue eyed German, falls for Miguel, who has a small role on one of those Brazilian novellas on TV. But Erik has a secret, and you'll find yourself hoping, and chanting, for the director not to go the obvious route. And you'll be disappointed. This film has all the trademarks of a low-budget production, with amateur acting, shaky camera work and bad lighting. Still, it has some things to like, namely the performance of Aldri D'Anunciaçao, who plays Miguel. He's adorable and can easily steal your heart. And there is one scene in the film that seems a bit out of place, because we get five minutes of someone preaching to us about the black gay experience in Brazil. It just didn't fit with the rest of the movie and seems a bit forced. Just like a Brazilian novella.