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A road movie in the literal sense, this 2009 drama was shot partly through the windshield of a moving car. The unseen cameraman is a geologist driving across an arid region of Brazil, and his terse narration—part travelogue, part love letter—imbues the bleak landscape with a feeling of romantic longing. English director Patrick Keiller has explored similar cinematic territory with his pseudo-documentary films Robinson in Space (1997) and Robinson in Ruins (2010), but Karim Ainouz (Madame Sata) and Marcelo Gomes, who codirected this feature, favor a less essayistic approach. Their use of multiple formats—including digital video, Super 8, and 35-millimeter slides—gives the movie the texture of a worn scrapbook. In Portuguese with subtitles.