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45 Days Away From You

by Roger Walker-Dack
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Tuesday Aug 13, 2019
45 Days Away From You

Brazilian filmmaker Raphael Gomes's feature film debut "45 Days Without You" — which is loosely based on his own life — is the story of one man's journey after being unceremoniously dumped by his boyfriend. 

The protagonist is also named Raphael (and is played by Raphael de Bona). The film's story proceeds this way: Raphael had stayed at home in Sao Paolo whilst his unnamed beau went on a trip to the U.S. for 45 days. During his absence the boyfriend kept expressing his anxiety that Raphael may fall for someone else — but in the end, it is the boyfriend who announces, upon his return, that he has fallen back in love with his ex and is moving to Chicago to be with him.

Raphael dramatically packs a bag and flies off into the arms of a Brazilian gal pal who now lives in London. This is the start of his own 45 day sojourn, during which he also visits other pals in Portugal and Argentina, looking to them for answers about life and life. His life, that is.

Even though he has an increasing tendency to be melodramatic, Raphael is nevertheless an engaging young man when he is not doing his best impression of a self-absorbed drama queen. There are some delightfully touching comic moments that warm one to the lovelorn loser, and some idyllic scenes of the cities that he visits that would make an impressive travelogue. Aside from that, though, Raphael's constantly over analyzing of his inability to keep hold of a man does get a tad tedious at time, and tests your patience.

The movie is peppered with a talented cast of actors who lift both Raphael's spirits and the tone of the drama to ensure all is not completely lost, and give a sense that there is, in fact, every possibility of a happy ending.

Brazil has a well-deserved reputation for being the source of some excellent LGBT movies and, although this not one of them, it does have a certain appeal — particularly for recently dumped boyfriends.

"45 Days Without You"

Roger Walker-Dack, a passionate cinephile, is a freelance writer, critic and broadcaster and the author/editor of three blogs. He divides his time between Miami Beach and Provincetown.

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