In the game of life, love rules.
"Every once in a while a film comes along that is surprising from every angle. From the point of view of the direction, acting – and above all the storytelling – Offside is one such film. Indeed, in this touching and engaging romantic comedy, writer-director Joffre Faria Silva brings us a gem of a picture that sparkles with emotional insight.
Set in a fictional town in the Brazilian countryside, Offside follows the lives of the soccer obsessed, single dad José Carlos - his conflicted teenage son Eduardo - and a newcomer to town in the form of a very smart, attractive yet troubled woman named Lourdes Cintra. The characters’ lives, hopes and dreams unfold through a series of real and imagined events that resonate with a universal truth.
In life we all have regrets, we all make mistakes, but the drawbacks don’t necessarily define or limit us if we are honest with ourselves and open to the prospect of love. In this context, the film’s title is most appropriate. Offside, which as a soccer term translates in Portuguese to “impedimento” - from the verb “to impede” – becomes a compelling metaphor for psychological paralysis. In the end, this poignant viewing experience illustrates a wonderful and effective cure for the malady." by Robert McDougall
JOFFRE FARIA SILVA
Director of Photography
JOSÉ ÁVILA, REGINA MARGON, THIAGO RESENDE and JIVAGO ARTHUR.
Brazil/Canada 2008, Fiction, Color, DV NTSC, 85 min. Original Portuguese version with English subtitles.