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|Originaltitel:||A Floresta de Jonathas|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 101 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
The restrained Jonathas (Begê Muniz) lives in the rural Amazon where he works on his family's small fruit stand. When he meets the Ukrainian Milly (Viktoryia Vinyarska) and her Brazilian companion Kedassere (Alex Lima) through his open-minded brother Juliano (Ítalo Castro), he immediately feels attracted to the young tourist. So he agrees with the proposal to camp four people for a weekend in the jungle, even though his father is strictly against it. At first it looks like this trip will be a lot of fun. But when Jonathas wants to find very special fruits for Milly, he gets lost in the dark green of the jungle and an adventure awaits the young man that will change him forever…
In long, calm shots and with dialogue reduced to a minimum, director Sergio Andrade tells a story in "A Floresta de Jonathas - Im dunklen Grün" that takes place on several levels. On the one hand, it is the very individual story of a boy who has not yet found his place in his life and his own identity. But the film also deals with the globalization of the Amazon region and how categorizations in our heads can completely lose their meaning in the face of majestic and unpredictable nature.
Jonathas serves as a link between urban life and the nature of the jungle. He stands exactly in between, whereby the contact with tourists from big cities is just as alien to him as the time he spends in the jungle. This becomes clear in the opening sequence, which shows how his father will teach him how to pick fruit, which he will later sell at their fruit stall. The boy is a bit clumsy when it comes to this, which makes it clear that he isn't a child of the jungle, which is actually so close. When he then sits at the fruit stand and his brother loosely flirts with young women from the city, while Jonathas observes him quietly in seclusion, it becomes obvious that even city life, which is not far away either, is completely foreign to him. This creates an image of forlornness that is clearly expressed the moment Jonathas gets lost in the jungle.
The more time he spends alone in the dark green, the more surreal the film becomes. If the tempo, the few dialogues and the long attitude run completely counter to the local viewing habits, the action here becomes even more bulky, which is why only very open-minded lovers of Brazilian cinema will discover the director's intentions behind the somewhat difficult facade of "A Floresta de Jonathas - Im dunklen Grün". But for such viewers it's quite clear that it's worth buying a cinema ticket for Sergio Andrade's feature film debut. All others will rather bite their teeth out on this trip to the Amazon region.
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