A felicidade das coisas

  • 87'
  • Brazil
  • 2021

A summer house, with a swimming pool. Forty-year-old Paula probably had rose-tinted expectations of the holidays she would spend there. But in A felicidade das coisas, she actually spends her summer, heavily pregnant, in a cramped house that is a complete mess. Without her husband but with her mother, her standoffish pre-teen son and daughter. The house is close to a hazardous river, a not particularly charming beach and an expensive club. The vaunted swimming pool has been dumped on its side in the garden. There’s no money to have it installed – none whatsoever. Nevertheless, Paula becomes determined to install the pool, as if this will suddenly make everyone happy and her frustrations disappear.

Weariness gradually creeps across actress Patricia Saravy’s face. In this well-acted personal drama, debut director Thais Fujinaga also tells a bigger story: about motherhood and a sense of responsibility, and about Brazil, where, according to her, who you are is determined by what you have.

Director
Thais Fujinaga
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
Brazil
Production Year
2021
Festival Edition
IFFR 2021
Length
87'
Medium
DCP
International title
The Joy of Things
Language
Portuguese
Producers
Thiago Macêdo Correia, Lara Lima
Production Companies
Filmes de Plástico, Lira Cinematográfica
Sales
Filmes de Plástico
Screenplay
Thais Fujinaga
Cinematography
André Luiz de Luiz
Editor
Alexandre Taira
Production Design
Dicezar Leandro
Cast
Patricia Saravy, Magali Biff, Messias Gois, Lavinia Castelari