Dirceu is an aristocratic playboy working in the demolition business in Recife, a town in eastern Brazil, tearing apart old neighborhoods to make place for new office blocks. When he meets the poor but stunningly beautiful music student Maria, his world changes and he falls desperately in love. The relationship falters however and Maria disappears back to her rural backwaters. The devastated Dirceu now sets out to find her, embarking on a journey through the twilight zone of his homeland.

Brazilian director Daniel Aragão’s debut feature is a tale of how his generation is the country’s first to lose its rural roots. Being part love story and part road movie, the narrative is presented as a fragmented puzzle of confusion and loss. The film echoes the style of the early David Lynch and Lars von Trier as the realms gradually turn more surreal. The strange atmosphere is fueled by the constant presence of music, from vintage soul and disco, to modern electronica.

DANIEL EKEROTH

Good Luck, Sweetheart poster
Title
Good Luck, Sweetheart
Director
Daniel Aragao
Country
Brazil
Length
95 min
Festival
2012
Section
Latin Visions
Language
Portugese
Subtitle
English
Premiere status
Nordic Premiere
Production year
2012
Original title
Boa Sorte, meu amor
Cast
Vinicius Zinn, Christiana Ubach, Rogerio Trindade, Jack Mugler
Producer
Pedro Severien
Script
Luiz Otávio Pereira, Gregório Graziosi, Daniel Aragão
Music
Jimi Tenor
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