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Artificial Paradises

  • Brazil / 2012 / 96min / DCP / Colour
  • Original Title : Paraisos Artificials
  • Language : Portugal
  • Genre : Drama
  • Director : Marcos Prado
  • Cast : Nathalia Dill, Luca Bianchi, Livia de Bueno, Bernardo Melo Barreto, Cesar Cardadeiro, Divana Brandao, Emilio Orciollo Neto


'This film is all about perverts and junkies', a moviegoer allegedly complained, right before walking out of a screening of Paraísos Artificiais at Cine PE, at the end of April. To the film's credit, it doesn't endorse substance abuse, but it doesn't preach against it either. This kind of amoral stand is probably what bothered our anonymous moviegoer, which is to the film's credit; there's nothing worse than going to the movies and being treated like an idiot by morality-filled cautionary tales.   The movie's narrative goes back, forth and spins around the problematic relationship between Erika (Nathalia Dill), a professional DJ, and cartoonist Nando (Luca Bianchi), who gets mixed up in the murky world of ecstasy and LSD dealing.

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