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Boy and the World

Boy and the World

2015

As Cuca's idyllic life is disrupted by his father's departure, he embarks on a vibrant journey to reunite his family. From whimsical countryside escapades to the bustling metropolis, this boy's odyssey unfurls like a colorful tapestry, weaving together fantastical landscapes and creatures in a mesmerizing dance of imagination and discovery.

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80

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8.0

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In the idyllic haven of his childhood, Cuca (Cuca) basks in the unbridled joy of exploring the surrounding forest, engaging in effortless communion with nature's creatures, and mesmerized by an array of luminescent orbs that harmonize into a symphony of sounds. The tender atmosphere is disrupted when Cuca's father departs by train to seek employment, leaving his young son to grapple with the poignant longing for carefree playtime with both parents. Consumed by the abyss of despair, Cuca embarks on an odyssey, clutching a suitcase adorned only with a cherished family photograph, as if the very essence of his past and present is contained within its worn fabric.

As he awaits the train that will whisk him away from the nostalgia-inducing memories, a sudden gust of wind sweeps Cuca up, transporting him to a realm where two lunar bodies suspended in the sky paint an otherworldly landscape. The old man (old man) and his loyal canine companion intervene, rescuing Cuca from the uncertainty of this alien environment and integrating him into their rustic routine of laboring in cotton fields.

Amidst the rhythmic cadence of agricultural toil, Cuca's ears are treated to the vibrant melodies of a traveling procession led by an effervescent young man resplendent in a rainbow-hued poncho. The foreman of the cotton fields conducts his workers with an air of sternness, dismissing those whose physical limitations render them unable to perform their duties due to advanced age or illness. Cuca, the old man, and the dog conspire through numerous nocturnal journeys across the countryside before finding solace beneath a majestic pink-leaved tree's sprawling canopy.

As the horizon unfolds its secrets, Cuca's gaze falls upon his father's figure perched atop a truck, traversing the distant road. With an innate sense of belonging, Cuca relinquishes the suitcase to the old man and sets out along the winding path, his heart driven by the primal urge to reconnect with his father.

As Cuca steps off the bus into the gritty metropolis, he finds himself immersed in the monotony of factory life, where workers toil tirelessly like automatons. Under the watchful eye of his new acquaintance (a young factory worker), now revealed as the charismatic leader of the vibrant parade, Cuca spends the evening absorbing the rhythms of the city. The next morning, this unlikely duo ventures into the market, where the young musician's melodic talents earn them a meager but honest wage. Amidst the kaleidoscope's swirling colors, Cuca stumbles upon an unexpected detour: a barge, where he uncovers the shocking truth about the fabrics' mysterious journey to a futuristic utopia floating above the waves. Enigmatic and unseen, these fabrics are transformed into coveted commodities in the city's labyrinthine underbelly before being resold in the grimy streets below.

The young musician and Cuca conspire to infiltrate the factory, where they witness the manager striking a Faustian bargain with an enigmatic businessman, sealing the fate of the workers. The young leader and his comrades are subsequently laid off, only to be summoned to the cotton fields, where their new reality awaits. As Cuca and his companion make their way back through the city's congested streets, they find themselves stuck behind the parade, whose colorful procession belies a sinister undercurrent.

It is then that Cuca's gaze falls upon the train that brought his father to this very city, an epiphany that propels him toward the station. With the young musician's bicycle as his means of transportation, Cuca arrives just in time to greet his father – or so he thinks. Instead, he encounters multiple fathers, all indistinguishable and united by a shared purpose. The parade is abruptly halted by the city's military forces (manifested as a colossal rainbow bird bested by an imposing black bird), leaving destruction and chaos in its wake.

As Cuca surveys the aftermath from his new vantage point, he beholds young children arming themselves for rebellion amidst the urban squalor. The young musician watches over them from a hill constructed from trash, his eyes reflecting the futility of their situation.

As Cuca hastily returns to his ancestral abode, he's met with a surreal landscape where mechanical entities have supplanted the natural world. Jarring juxtapositions abound: rusty machines trundling across the once-verdant countryside, their pathologies eerily mirrored in the live-action footage of environmental devastation and choking carbon dioxide emissions that intercuts this apocalyptic tableau. The old man's residence, now a dilapidated relic of Cuca's youth, stands as a poignant reminder of the passage of time.

As Cuca approaches the pink-leaved tree, a stunning revelation awaits: the wisened patriarch is none other than an older version of himself, and the tree stands sentinel outside his childhood home. A nostalgic flashback whisks us back to a bygone era, where youthful Cuca bid farewell to his mother as he departed their humble abode, his eyes lingering on a tender sapling that would one day mature into the iconic pink-leaved tree.

Now an elder statesman of sorts, old Cuca hangs a cherished family photograph on the wall and dons the vibrant rainbow poncho that was once the hallmark of his carefree youth. As he surveys the surrounding landscape, he's struck by the juxtaposition of his long-abandoned childhood home – now surrounded by modern dwellings and fields tended by farmers whose children continue to frolic and harmonize in joyous song.

The film concludes with a final, poignant flashback: Cuca, his parents, and the sapling that would eventually become the pink-leaved tree, planting the seed of hope in a verdant earth. As the screen fades to white, the audience is left to ponder the cyclical nature of life, where the past, present, and future converge in a symphony of memory and longing.