With THE COLOR OF DESTINY, Brazilian director Jorge Duran has created a sensitive portrayal of adolescent angst.
Paulo (Guilherme Fontes) is a teenager living in Rio de Janeiro with his parents, who have fled Chile for political reasons. After splitting up with his girlfriend, Paulo retreats to the privacy of his bedroom, where he creates experimental works of art. Burdened by the memory of an older brother
who was tortured and killed for political activity in Chile, Paulo confronts his late brother in dream sequences, while his parents worry that he will follow in their dead son's footsteps. Word comes from Santiago that Patricia (Julia Lemmertz), Paulo's 18-year-old cousin who was arrested by
Chilean authorities during a demonstration, has been freed from prison. She is sent to her relatives in Brazil to recuperate from her experience and is welcomed with open arms by her aunt and uncle. She develops a somewhat antagonistic relationship with Paulo. Paulo can't help but admire his
cousin for her fortitude, however, and slowly finds himself falling for her. Eventually he realizes that he must follow his brother's example and become involved in Chile's political turmoil.
What makes THE COLOR OF DESTINY work so well are the natural performances by its teenage leads, allowing us to empathize with their complex struggles and pain. Duran, who directs with great heart, is sympathetic to his characters and is never afraid to show his political leanings. This is his
debut feature as a director (following an apprenticeship as a screenwriter in the Brazilian film industry), and his ability to deal with multilayered issues points toward a strong career behind the camera.
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- Released: 1988
- Rating: NR
- Review: With THE COLOR OF DESTINY, Brazilian director Jorge Duran has created a sensitive portrayal of adolescent angst. Paulo (Guilherme Fontes) is a teenager living in Rio de Janeiro with his parents, who have fled Chile for political reasons. After splitting u… (more)