FROM BEGINNING TO END – Frameline34, Saturday Night At The Castro

Brazilian Director Aluízio Abranches’ Do Comeco ao Fim is an affair to remember and cherish

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

FROM BEGINNING TO END is the story of two half-brothers swept up into an unbreakable bond of unconditional love, fiery passion, and spiritual contentment. Not the most common of experiences. The separate family members are aware of their relationship from childhood on. Young actors Gabriel Kaufman (Thomás) and Lucas Cotrim (Francisco) are perfectly cast and sensitively directed. There’s nothing to do but watch the force of the brothers’ love flourish and brighten as the years go by. There’s no mention of religion, no lectures on Tradition or The Forbidden. No need. This film comes from Brazil. The culture is predominantly Catholic. The tensions and questions are already understood. Writer and director Aluízio Abranches (The Three Marias) has created an exquisite playing field for an unusual tale of harmony and destiny.

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Joao Gabriel Vasconcello and Rafael Cardoso

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Gabriel Kaufmann and Lucas Cotrim

Brazilian audiences flocked to this controversial and complicated film before it hit the international film circuit. Hot, swarthy, and very lean El Greco-type model Joao Gabriel Vasconcello plays “Francisco” the older brother from a previous marriage. More on the pink and putti side is Rafael Cardoso as “Thomás”. Their relationship to the roles and on-screen chemistry ranks among the most sensitive and authentic cinematic depictions of men in love. The atmosphere between Francisco and Thomás is ultimately loving and completely giving, bolstered by unconditional trust, fidelity, classical romance and poetic longing. For these related and sexually-bound soul mates, Love walked in and stayed forever.

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FROM BEGINNING TO END
Brazil, 2010
Written and directed by Aluízio Abranches

From Beginning To EndDo Comeco ao Fim – is a beautiful challenge and deserves international release in DVD format.

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