Long Way Home ★★★

This unforced drama about a Brazilian woman (Grace Passô) who relocates to take on a job as part of a ragtag anti-dengue task force is a minor pleasure. It’s a film that is filled with small surprises, shifting tone so often that it's hard to see its agenda as strict social realism. In many ways it brings to mind 2016’s Aquarius, although it's concerned with new beginnings instead of threatened endings. Director Novais Oliveira isn’t quite at Mendonça Filho’s level, but he shifts rather seamlessly between office comedy, quiet appreciation of the new environment, gentle drama, and soul-searching.