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The Way He Looks

Romance . Drama

Leonardo is a blind teenager searching for independence. His everyday life, the relationship with his best friend, Giovana, and the way he sees the world change completely with the arrival of Gabriel.

Actors: Lúcia Romano , Naruna Costa , Júlio Machado , Eucir de Souza , Tess Amorim , Selma Egrei , Fabio Audi , Ghilherme Lobo
Directors: Daniel Ribeiro
Country: BRAZIL
Release: 2014-11-07
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  • Randy Cordova

    This is a wonderful movie.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    The tale, from Brazilian writer-director Daniel Ribeiro, is told with such tenderness, such intelligence and such aching honesty that it takes on the weight of something far more significant than puppy love. Like its subject, first kisses and best friends, it’s hard to forget.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Simon Kinnear

    With the characters rarely verbalising their attraction, Ribeiro impresses by conveying Leonardo’s awakening through elegant long takes and the actors’ endearing chemistry.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Boyd van Hoeij

    Ribeiro’s screenplay, which is marbled with moments of humor as well as emotion, feels extremely well-tuned into the conflicted emotional lives of his adolescent characters, who often retreat into the safety of their childhood comfort zone after every exciting, but also scary, excursion into the adult unknown.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Andy Webster

    This winning movie — directed by Daniel Ribeiro, making his feature debut — dexterously weaves the social challenges of adolescence into a story of broader self-discovery.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Liz Beardsworth

    Touching and well-acted, Brazil's Best Foreign Film entry is a worthy Oscar candidate.

    Empire Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    Those who give into its spell will find this a gentle, moving, and deeply intelligent portrait of the awkward, fumbling steps teens make into adulthood, and the promise of first love that draws them on.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Glenn Kenny

    The Way He Looks is a modest and good-hearted film that leaves a clean impression: you’re glad to have spent time with the people in it, for sure. But if you’re someone whose own specific circumstances are substantively different from those of the characters, the sense of a pleasant visit is pretty much it. Full Review
  • Inkoo Kang

    Admirable throughout is the balance that Ribeiro strikes between dewy eroticism and the contextualization of sexuality as just a single aspect of one's identity, albeit an essential one.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Clayton Dillard

    What progressively mounts tension is the film's understanding of a boy's gradually realized homosexuality as being inextricable from the central metaphor of compromised vision.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    Ribeiro captures the experiential awkwardness of young love pitch-perfectly.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Jay Weissberg

    The pic has genuine appeal, though in truth the script and direction are little more than average.

    Variety Full Review
  • Dave Calhoun

    There are no great upsets or fireworks here, just a tender sketch of what it means to (probably) be gay as a school kid. The storytelling style is as inoffensive as the music (Arvo Pärt, Belle and Sebastian), and the performances are amiable and relaxed.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Peter Keough

    As for the performances, only homely Giovana has heart and depth. The two boys lack chemistry, even in chemistry class, due in part to the trite dialogue, or at least as it is translated in subtitles.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Violet Lucca

    The shuffling of who's an important/close friend transcends the specificity of being gay and disabled, and that experience is rarely depicted as realistically as this. But the film crosses into self-parody.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Leslie Felperin

    You can’t help feeling you’ve seen variations on this coming-out story too many times (which applies to the gay theme as much as the disability one), and everyone is just a little too nice to be true, even the bullies.

    The Guardian Full Review
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