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CinemaLit: The Way He Looks (2013)
April CinemaLit: International Coming of Age Films

April 26 - The Way He Looks (2014), 96 minutes, directed by Daniel Ribeiro, starring Ghilherme Lobo, Tess Amorim, and Fábio Audi.

We finish our “International Coming of Age” series with this warm and tender film from Brazil. Leo is a blind teenager, making his way through high school with the loyal friendship of sighted Giovana. Their relationship is stressed with the arrival of new student Gabriel, as romantic and sexual feelings mingle with friendship. The Way He Looks didn’t get a lot of attention on its release in 2014, but it possesses an undeniable charm and romantic appeal. Boosted by a trio of endearing young actors, it is likely to draw a tear as it moves toward its satisfying conclusion. 

April 2024 CinemaLit - International Coming of Age Films

CinemaLit is going international this month, with four films from four countries exploring coming of age and its universality. Each film movingly explores those moments when childhood is lost forever, leaving the protagonists to forge ahead in the adult world with uncertainty but heightened awareness and wisdom. Join us for Ida (2013) from Poland, Eat Drink Man Woman (1994) from Taiwan, Girlhood (2014) from France, and The Way He Looks (2014) from Brazil.


Matthew Kennedy, CinemaLit’s curator, has written biographies of Marie Dressler, Joan Blondell, and Edmund Goulding. His book Roadshow! The Fall of Film Musicals in the 1960s, was the basis of a film series on Turner Classic Movies. His most recent book, On Elizabeth Taylor: An Opinionated Guide, examines the screen legend's entire career.

I don't have a favorite film,” Matthew says. "I find that my relationships to films, actors, genres, and directors change as I change over the years. Some don't hold up. Some look more profound, as though I've caught up with their artistry. I feel that way about Garbo, Cary Grant, director John Cassavetes, and others."

Classic films have historical context, something only time can provide,” Matt observes. “They become these great cultural artifacts, so revealing of tastes, attitudes, and assumptions.”

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