From Brazil, this is the story of a retired schoolteacher obligated by circumstance to take custody of an orphaned 9-year-old boy. Their friendship grows as she agrees to help him find his father in the Northeast of the country. The story of their journey was adapted by director João Emanuel Carneiro from a story by Walter Salles. Fernanda Montenegro’s performance in the lead role has won general acclaim. This film is sometimes cited as exemplifying a recent resurgence of great film in Latin America. We will consider other examples in the coming months.