São Paulo S/A (L. Person, 1965)

São Paulo S/A (Luís Sérgio Person, 1965)

São Paulo S/A is an excellent film, but it could have been even better. The film follows Carlos as he searches for love, becomes a part of the ‘real world’, and copes with everyday challenges, all presented in a somewhat non-linear fashion. We are treated to flashback glimpses of Carlos’ past relationships which provide great insight into the problems with his current relationship. The image and sound editing, including some underused voiceovers set a poetic and emotional tone for the film, and it follows through with that tone rather consistently.

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The second half of the film, for whatever reason, didn’t have the same effect on me as the first. I honestly can’t even pinpoint why. The path the film heads down is a familiar one, but since the film begins at the end, and we already know what is going to happen, Person is obviously not trying to hide the film’s direction. The second half is more of a downer, but there are plenty of sad movies out there I love. So, I don’t really know why, but I felt as if the second half paled too much in comparison to the first to call this a masterpiece.  8.75/10

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