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His father has died, he hasn't spoken with his brother for about 10 years and has a serious cancer. Diego is a talented film director with difficulty to deal with his sickness, which is making him lose his friends and family. His best friend and doctor Ricardo gives him the news that he needs a bone marrow transplantation, otherwise he'll die. He gets married to a beautiful woman, Livia, just before going to Seattle to get treatment. There, he undergoes numerous medical procedures. During treatment, he meets an Hindu boy, with whom he plays and whom he tells amazing stories. Odds are against him and when stakes are the highest, Diego gets a visit from a very uncommon man.
This is a very good film, and not only for Babenco's fans. It's slow, but never boring, poetic, but never over-sentimental. It's a film that makes you think about life and death.
I have no idea why it's rated so low. Willem Dafoe is amazing portraying a film director with cancer. Very natural, very realistic — I won't be surprised, if he gets a prize for this. You feel the despair. Nevertheless, the film never becomes depressing. On the contrary. Compared to other Babenco's films, this one has some very beautiful, inspirational moments.
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