Reasoning that the communal spring is on his land, a farmer claims it for himself, and cuts off his village’s water supply in order to tend to his own tobacco fields. Erksan and his lead Erol Taş nail both the savvy rationalizing and repellent gluttony of the powerful who brazenly hoard resources at the expense of their fellow men.
Rounded up into a detention center and brutalized by vicious guards and police, a young boy and his friends break out and make a life of crime for themselves in São Paulo. Every one of the kids is unforgettable, but especially Lilica, the trans girl who heads up the gang after the corrupt cops murder her lover.
“These things make you gradually come to believe in fate. However meticulous and painstaking you are, the tiniest error can be fatal.”
An executive assistant, cut loose when a competing firm absorbs her company, tries to scrape the money together to move to the States with her boyfriend, a former Little League star. Their irreconcilable priorities pit high-rises and Kenny Loggins against the undertow of family loyalty and nostalgia, subverting any hope of independence.
“What really mattered was the tenderness I felt for the women there with me, like me. Sure, I put up a good front, but I was so relieved to be with a group. I decided to sing in my own way about my family of women, all in the same dorm, the same fix, the same boat.”
In Agnès Varda’s pro-choice musical, two friends’ activism takes them on very different paths–one founds a family planning center, the other a feminist folk group—but a mutual determination to live according to their principles binds them together.
“When you dream and you got different figures in the dream and different people in your dream, they’re all an aspect of yourself. When you’re dreaming every character’s just you in another form. So it’s like all these separate forms we take, we’re all one. Everybody out here is one. Know what I mean?”
The faces and voices of 125th and Lex in the summer of 2014.