The Way He Looks Review

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Sao Paulo-dweller Leonardo (Lobo) is young, gay, blind and occasionally bullied, but he has bestie Giovana (Amorim) to look out for him. She secretly nurses a crush that's soon threatened by the arrival of Gabriel (Audi), a new kid in their class.


Brazilian Daniel Ribeiro’s first feature offers a fresh twist on the rites-of-passage tale as Leo (Ghilerme Lobo) negotiates the usual pitfalls of growing up — confusing feelings, fractured friendships, bullies — with the added complication of being blind. Well acted by the three young leads, it’s a touching, sensitive debut.

Touching and well-acted, Brazil's Best Foreign Film entry is a worthy Oscar candidate.