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.