Theo is a successful doctor, seemingly living the good life with his family in a fancy São Paulo neighborhood. However, his perfect world gradually starts to collapse around him when his wife files for divorce and he learns that his beloved mentor is dying. Everything goes from bad to worse when his 15-year-old son Pedro disappears, setting Theo off on a desperate search throughout Brazil.

This debut Feature might sound like your typical road movie, but director Luciano Moura has something unique to offer. The missing child story doesn’t revel in the sinister underworlds that the theme is generally associated with, but instead remains quite positive even during its darker moments. Focusing on social awkwardness instead of violence, the story is an engaging trail of clues rather than a downward spiral. With its bright and vivid aesthetic, »Father’s Chair« isn’t a trip into the depths of hell; it is a trip into the depths of humanity.

DANIEL EKEROTH

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Title
Father's Chair
Director
Luciano Moura
Country
Brazil
Length
93 min
Festival
2012
Section
Latin Visions
Language
Portugese
Subtitle
English
Premiere status
European Premiere
Production year
2011
Original title
A Cadeira do Pai
Cast
Wagner Moura, Lima Duarte, Mariana Lima, Brás Antunes
Producer
Andrea Barata Riberio, Bel Berlinck
Script
Luciano Moura, Elena Soarez

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