Winner of 2014’s Teddy Award, Ribeiro’s The Way He Looks follows blind teenager Leo (Lobo) struggling both for independence and with his feelings for classmate Gabriel (Audi). It’s an evocative portrait of new experiences against a backdrop of school projects, parties and dreams of studying abroad—and a fascinating conceit as it explores the sexual attraction of blind love. But Ribeiro’s film is too easy and simplistic, leaving the boys’ pain at coming out well and truly in the dark.
The Way He Looks (Heute gehe ich allein nach Hause) | Directed by Daniel Ribeiro, (Brazil 2014) with Ghilherme Lobo, Fabio Audi. Starts February 26
Originally published in issue #136, March 2015