The title of this new film set in Brazil’s Sao Paulo is the name of a football game where people try to keep the ball in the air. It’s a game played by four brothers, Denis, Dinho, Dario and Reginaldo, whose single mother Cleuza has struggled to bring them up.
The film explores the importance of football, religion and family in Brazil.
Each of the brothers holds to something important to him to get through. For Dinho it’s an evangelical church, for Dario it’s football. Denis is a motorcycle courier while Reginaldo spends his days travelling on buses looking for the father he has never met.
Salles, whose previous works include the Motorcycle Diaries and Central Station, and Thomas have produced another addition to the wave of great Latin American films that have come from the continent in recent years.
Linha de Passe
Directed by Walter Salles and Daniela Thomas
Film out now