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Mars One(Marte Um)

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Brazil · 2022
1h 55m
Director Gabriel Martins
Starring Rejane Faria, Carlos Francisco, Camilla Damião, Cícero Lucas
Genre Drama

The Martins family are a Black middle class family in Brazil. After the disappointing presidential election of a far-right extremist, each member of the family contends with their own fears, dreams, and challenges.

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TheWrap by Carlos Aguilar

Though they never call much attention to themselves, the expertly illuminated frames of cinematographer Leonardo Feliciano (“Araby”) paint the ensemble cast with purposeful and aesthetically pleasing lighting.

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Variety by Jessica Kiang

Tracking the personal anxieties and challenges of the family members as they pursue differently shaped dreams of escape, it is sincerely meant and deeply affectionate toward its decent, striving foursome, but it’s a little disorienting that it should cue up a gut-punch only to deliver a hug.

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The Film Stage by John Fink

The film’s structure allows us to spend time both together and individually with each character, veering off with them for a day at the office, school, dance club, or park. It is simultaneously a slice of life and a film about the bigger picture.

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IndieWire by Jude Dry

Martins strikes a delicate balance that’s unusually satisfying from a narrative perspective. It’s refreshing to witness characters grow outside the traditional beats of most American dramas. There is an abundance of heroes’ journeys in waking up every day and pushing past surviving to thriving.

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Wall Street Journal by Kyle Smith

The film is quiet, deliberate and low-key, and some may find it underwhelming, but writer-director Gabriel Martins has a novelist’s feel for his characters, taking us under everybody’s skin with deep sympathy for their differing outlooks.

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Los Angeles Times by Robert Abele

Some not great things happen in Mars One. And there is agony. But there are also the good things done in response that keep families like these soldiering on.

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