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by Chico Teixeira


Ever since his father left his family in the lurch, 15-year-old Serginho has been trying hard to cope with the new challenges of his daily life. He works with his uncle at the market, supports his depressed mother as best he can, and takes care of his little brother. But how can he find his place in a world that compels him to grow up in such a hurry? Full of longing for affection, he drifts through São Paulo with his friends Mudinho and Sivinha, visits an aunt who works in a circus on the edge of the city and spends as much time as possible with Ney, who gives private lessons, and to whom he feels especially close. But Serginho is consistently disappointed. He wants more from his mother, his friends, his future – and from Ney. Unfazed by the machismo that pervades his environment, he refuses to give up searching for a path between being responsible and caring and finding emotional security. Matheus Fagundes, who is just 17, lends both charismatic charm and a touching sense of self-confident ease to the role of the emotionally and sexually troubled Serginho. This enables his character to bear the weight of social expectations with profound faith in the possibility of happiness.

international title: Absence
original title: Ausência
country: Brazil, Chile, France
year: 2015
genre: fiction
directed by: Chico Teixeira
film run: 87'
screenplay: Chico Teixeira, Marcelo Gomes
cast: Matheus Fagundes, Irandhir Santo, Francisca Gavilán, Gilda Nomacce
cinematography by: Ivo Lopes Araújo
film editing: Vânia Debs
art director: Marcos Pedroso
producer: Lili Bandeira, Paula Cosenza, Denise Gomes
production: Ciné-Sud Promotion, Bossa Nova Films, Anhangabaú Produções, Wood Producciones
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