Turvo ★★★½

"TURVO" is a sweet, melancholic and sentimental take on the coming-of-age film, that uses its genre-detours to build something more profound, but far from ambiguous. It is a rare hang out movie that ultimately manages to be about a sort of catholic awakening that is quite forceful, but not didactic or preachy. It is very smart in how it uses common religious signifiers of Brazilian small city life that often mean nothing in our day-to-day interactions, to build out and justify its surprising denouement. It does a triple-take towards the end there that really overstays its welcome, both conceptually and narratively, but otherwise it's a very strong first-feature that is two parts "Boyhood", one part "Diary of a Country Priest" - not a bad place to start

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