Isabela (Mariana Molina) is the daughter of a powerful politician and grew up surrounded by luxuries and perks. In her maturation process, she falls in love with Giovanni (Pierre Santos), leader of an alternative community that preaches free love. Isabela abandons her life of comfort to build a different life and, after four years away from home, tries to reconnect with her family, discovering that her father is involved in one of the biggest corruption scandals in Brazil. Impacted by the situation, she will have to face the ghosts of her past.
It can be said that the synopsis does not do justice to the film of Bernardo Barreto. the seeker is a feature film that goes beyond corruption and a day “between family”. With a single camera to be used throughout the narrative, the film is a veritable avalanche of social and family discussions.
The camera follows the characters and an unusual day, where the patriarch is being accused of corruption and his children, grandson, daughter-in-law and son-in-law, arrive for Father's Day. But what may seem like something boring or even a copy of other works that use the same feature of the so-called “sequence plan”, this camera is the spectator in this family gathering.
But it goes even further, because in films like Victoria or Birdman, the camera is predictable and you know where it's going and who it's going to follow. Bernardo Barreto does it differently, as he takes advantage of the discussions and as if we were present, we move to “try” to listen to what each one wants to say.
And isn't this always the case at family gatherings? One trying to say something, complaining, chasing someone else, talking louder, whispering, leaving the room and going to the kitchen, completing sentences about who is talking, not letting them speak and so on. A real aggressiveness of one wanting to stand out over the other.
This aggressiveness is constant in the tones of voices, in the ways each one speaks, in the polite way they smile when they welcome a stranger into their home. But the screams in the street of “corrupt”, “owe me my money”, this is not strange.
Another subject very well addressed by the seeker are the abuses. Abuse against women is a slap in the face, where men practically only have their wives for them to serve as ornaments by their side, as only successful MEN are dispossessed and have children.
In this way, this abuse falls even against the child and grandchild who suffer for not being able to expose their true emotions. This aggressiveness is what shows how the culture of “Be Man” is a constant in this universe of entrepreneurs.
And this is not something that happens in the end. It is already something that is in the beginning and only grows until the apogee with the discussion of what values are and when a father prefers his daughter's suffering to his happiness.
the seeker is a different film that comes at a great moment, as it brings discussions about what values are in times of technology and social change. Enjoy and check out (above) the interview we did with the screenwriter and director of the film, Bernardo Barreto.
The film is already in theaters.