In Eduardo Coutinho’s irresistible documentary a rich array of inhabitants of Rio de Janeiro, men and women of all ages and ethnicities, tell us about their favourite song – then sing it themselves, a cappella.
Screened as part of NZIFF 2012
A rich array of Cariocas (inhabitants of Rio de Janeiro), men and women of all ages and ethnicities, accept an invitation from veteran documentarian Eduardo Coutinho to tell us about their favourite song – then sing it themselves, a cappella. One by one they take a seat on an empty stage to face his camera and his questions. Maybe the song played a crucial role in a crucial relationship, or it’s one forever associated with a parent or a remembered moment of intense happiness. The candour Coutinho draws from his subjects is inspiring, and even when the memories seem as perfectly formed as the songs themselves, there’s little doubt that we are seeing hearts bravely laid bare.
“Lyrical… Popping up throughout are recurring themes of love, loss and desire, all complex emotions that are also the subjects of many tunes. The brilliance of Coutinho’s conceit is that he sets out to demonstrate that people often turn to song when words can't express how they feel, but he shows this by letting people talk about the emotions that inspired their song of choice.” — Boyd van Hoeij, Variety