Diamantino (2018)

Director: Gabriel Abrantes, Daniel Schmidt
Writer: Gabriel Abrantes, Daniel Schmidt
Cast: Carloto Cotta, Cleo Tavares, Anabela Moreira, Margarida Moreira, Carla Maciel, Chico Chapas, Hugo Santos Silva, Joana Barrios, Filipe Vargas, Maria Leite, Manuela Moura Guedes
Seen on: 11.2.2019

Content Note: cissexism

Diamantino (Carloto Cotta) is a successful soccer player. Self-involved and naive, he doesn’t really know what the world is like. So when he sees a boat full of refugees from his yacht one day, it is an eye-opening experience for him and one that unbalances him so much that he misses the winning shot in the Soccer World Cup, effectively ending his career and making him a laughing stock. Nevertheless, he decides that he wants to help by adopting a refugee child. When he announces that plan on TV, spy Aisha (Cleo Tavares), who is investigating Diamantino for tax fraud, takes advantage of it and disguises herself as a refugee boy, Rahim, to be adopted by Diamantino. And she is not the only taking advantage of his naivete – Diamantino’s twin sisters (Anabela Moreira, Margarida Moreira) have their own plans for him.

Diamantino is a film full of creative and fun ideas with a fantastic protagonist, puppies and a pretty straight-forward antifascist political message. And yet, it didn’t come together for me, unfortunately.

The film poster showing a pink diamond shape emerging from a soccer ball that is placed in pink mist. Four dogs are rising next to the shape on pink clouds like rockets. within the shapes are the main characters of the film, biggest Diamantino (Carloto Cotta) with a stunned facial expression.


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