a kid (Simon, played well by Kacey Mottet Klein) who’s been dealt a
shitty hand; he exploits people around him by stealing—and not too
smartly—at a ski resort. The adults aren’t much better than he is.
Each morning, Madalena (Sonia Guedes) wakes before dawn to make bread in
the dark. A single kerosene lamp lights her kitchen. She then trudges
outside, slowly following a set of unused train tracks to Jotuomba, a
fictional Brazilian village that seems to exist outside of time.
When all the movie awards start popping up later this year, perhaps someone will recommend a new category: The film most like Seinfeld, the show that was about nothing. Bel Borba Aqui would certainly be among the nominees.
The great thing about animals—and this is corny and unoriginal—is their
unconditional love. A scratch behind the ear, steady food and trips to
the park go a long way for a dog, just as a comfy sofa arm goes a long
way for a cat.