In the small community of Jotuomba in Brazil’s Paraiba Valley, every person has an important role. Madalena bakes bread to stack carefully in Antonio’s shop as he makes coffee. The church bell summons the villagers at noon for mass. Life goes on in a constant, smooth pattern with the weather the only change. Rita has been traveling through their valley following the railroad tracks. She stops at Madalena’s house to ask for a place to stay. All the people are very wary of Rita in the beginning but she begins taking their pictures. This draws them too her and they begin to tell their stories.
This is interesting and good but it may be the slowest and most quiet movie I’ve ever successfully finished. Usually, I will give up and go on to something else. I admit, there were times when I used fast forward to be able to get though some scenes. 3 ½* (I liked this movie)
98 min, Drma directed by Julia Murat with Lisa Favero, Sonia Guedes, Ricardo Merkin, Luiz Serra.
Note: Imdb 7.0 out of 10, 89% critic 67% audience on Rotten Tomatoes.