ONCE UPON A TIME [IN RIO] (Breno Silveira, 2008)

Flimsy, numbingly slow, melodramatic, Era Uma Vez . . ., from Brazil, would be easier to dismiss if it weren’t for a smattering of moments—altogether, about ten minutes of the two-hour film—that resonate humanely, principally around the character of Bernadete, a decent woman who ends up losing her three sons to slum violence. Directed by […]