Once Upon a Time Veronica
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Veronica is fresh out of medical school. It's a crucial time in her life, a period filled with doubts and important decisions to be made: tough career choices, her intimate bond with her ailing father, and her active but chaotic love life. Veronica must deal with all of them as she tries to cope with the adult life that lies ahead.
Once Upon a Time Veronica is a fairy tale in reverse. There are no fairy godmothers, no weddings, and no dreams. Veronica s story reveals itself through adventures, misfortunes, desires and songs.
Brazil's Marcelo Gomes leaps to the front rank of South American filmmakers with his sophomore feature Once Upon a Time Veronica (Era uma vez eu, Verônica), a superbly sensual character study of a young woman navigating emotional and professional crossroads. Built around a stunning central performance by Hermila Guedes, it premiered at Toronto before landing five major awards at Brazil's national film festival in Brasilia and then nabbing a special mention in the Horizontes Latinos section at San Sebastian... Once Upon a Time Veronica confirms northeastern Brazil - birthplace of the legendary Glauber Rocha - as a hotbed of cinematic talent, just as fertile as southern cities Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. -Neil Young --Hollywood Reporter
Mr. Gomes and his cinematographer, Mauro Pinheiro Jr., employ a lovely, diffuse approach to light and bodies that feels at once sensual and slightly buffered from that sensuality. The entire film treads a delicate balance...Ms. Guedes's bodily sense of languor gets across more than any crystal-clear dramatic statement would. -Nicolas Rapold --New York Times
From its opening frames depicting group sex on the beach, Marcelo Gomes's Once Upon a Time Veronica announces itself as a sensual experience... -Danny King --Village Voice
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This vintage 1944 movie stars Cary Grant and that great child star
Cary Grant is again in fine form as he usually is whether it be light
comedy or an Alfred Hitchcock thriller. He has that rare ability to
take something ordinary and turn it into something extraordinary,
a feat that he again achieves in this movie.
"Once Upon a Time" is the simple story of a boy (Ted Donaldson) and his
pet dancing caterpillar which 'down and out' showman (Cary Grant)
promotes for his own selfish reasons and to do so he befriends the boy
purposely to exploit and deceive him.
The ending where Cary Grant finally comes to his senses and realizes
what he is doing to the boy is wrong, is touching and heartwarming.
In a few words - great enterainment.