3º – Boyhood (Richard Linklater, 2014)A boy’s entire childhood and adolescence is explored in the film, showing the most relevant points for the periods mentioned, with his social relationship, with his family and his personal concerns. ‘Boyhood’ caught the attention of the whole world because its production took more than a decade, taking millions of people to the theaters to witness the process of growth of the protagonist without any kind of special effect or makeup. About the plot itself, I believe the film fails to change direction. The great Richard Linklater spends the entire first third of the film bringing as protagonist not only the boy in question, but also his sister. However, after this long part, probably due to the lack of quality of the actress, the filmmaker changes direction and practically takes the girl out of the film (which was played by Linklater’s own daughter), creating a big hole in the story. Anyway, a film today, years after its release, perfectly forgettable and that only serves to register a different idea of its creator.
2º – Scent of a Woman (Martin Brest, 1992)A young student in need of money accepts the job of caring for a bitter retired military man who is blind: ‘Scent of a Woman’ investigates the roots of man’s wandering behavior, always making the counterpoint with the figure of the young student as an opportunity for redemption. A formidable performance by Al Pacino that earned him an Oscar for best actor.
1º – Driving Miss Daisy (Bruce Beresford, 1989)An old woman hires a black man to work as her driver, forming an unlikely strange bond of friendship with him. ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ is light in her unleashing of scenes, proposing a simple but punctual story in her onslaughts.