I’ve watched this movie last Sunday morning and haven’t stopped thinking about it ever since. I’ve read every single review on Letterboxd, looked up people’s reactions on it on Twitter, watched interviews I can’t even understand (most were done in Portuguese). I’ve even created a short Spotify playlist for it because it’s what I do when I can’t get something off my mind, but it’s still not enough. So here I am, finally properly writing about it, even though I haven’t blogged in a year.
Futuro Beach (Praia do Futuro) by Karim Aïnouz is a poignant and moving drama that explores the human emotion of fear and love at its core. It tells the story of Donato (played by the brilliant Wagner Moura, yes, the same actor who breathed life into Narcos’ Pablo Escobar), a lifeguard who forms a complicated relationship with a German ex-soldier-slash-biker named Konrad (Clemens Schick) after he rescues him from an undercurrent while losing the latter’s friend in the process.