A couple of Portuguese emigrants from the London suburbs face serious problems when Social Services decide to take their children away. Ana Rocha de Sousa cleared herself from the comparisons of her film with those of Ken Loach, one of my favorite British directors, who focuses mainly on social problems and discriminatory acts in the United Kingdom, but it is evident that the Portuguese director has in her first feature the "British style" present (she studied at London Film School), in her own way. It is such a real and powerful drama that it is difficult (or impossible, say) not to feel uncomfortable and disturbed watching Listen, much because of the expressiveness and emotion that Lúcia Moniz (as Bela) conveys, in contrast with the silence and emotional pain showned by Rúben Garcia (as Jota). The photography is very particular and interesting, out of the standard that we are used to in Portuguese films. All the recognition given to this film is more than deserved.
Drama feature film directed by Ana Rita Rocha and produced by Bando À Parte.
November 11, 2020