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Mars One review – a subtle and compelling slice-of-life drama

January 6, 2023

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We review the Netflix movie Mars One, which contains no significant spoilers.

The official selection of the Brazilian Oscars, march one (original title: Marte uh), fall on Netflix. The film made its way onto the festival circuit after its premiere at Sundance in January last year and won several accolades in the process. Written and directed by Gabriel MartinsThis slice-of-life drama centers on a working-class black family and the all-too-related challenges they face after a troubling presidential election.

Mars One review and plot summary

The day after the far-right president Jair Bolsonaro In the process of being elected at the end of 2018, a close-knit middle-class family is making its way through this new political climate. Wellington (Carlos Francisco), the patriarch of the family, works as a concierge in an opulent building and dreams of one day seeing his son become a professional footballer. His wife, Tercia (Rejane Faria), enjoys taking care of his family but begins to experience distressing symptoms after being the victim of a horrific TV prank. The son, Deivinho (Cicero Lucas)doesn’t want to become an athlete and instead wants to pursue a career in science and one day go on a mission to Mars. Eunice (Camilla Damiao)the eldest daughter, is a university student who plans to move in with her new girlfriend, but she is not yet ready to tell her parents about her sexuality.

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march one is a calm and subtle piece. The family at the center of the story is friendly and their struggles are relatable. Although the film is set in a political context, the politics have little to do with the story. The characters are too busy living their lives and trying to stay on top of their bills. The close-ups and the way the camera follows the characters intimately introduce each family member as an individual with their unique viewpoints and trials.

While all the cast members give solid performances, Rejane Faria stands out with her portrayal of Tércia. After being stuck in the middle of a TV prank in which a man pretends to set off an explosive in a restaurant, the family matriarch struggles with her mental well-being. She does not sleep, she suffers from anxiety and begins to have headaches. The actress gives a compelling performance as a woman trying to keep up appearances while suffering inside.

Sibling rivalry seems to be a common trope in many films, but the sibling duo in march one is the opposite of that. Eunice and Deivinho listen to each other, encourage each other and are each other’s confidants. The young woman talks to her brother about his girlfriend before even thinking about discussing her sexuality with her parents. And when Deivinho confesses his true aspirations to his sister, he only receives encouragement.

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Is the Mars One movie on Netflix any good?

There’s a lot to love march one. It’s a compelling and relatable piece about an everyday family facing daily struggles. There are no over-the-top dramatic moments and the film is a little slow as the plot doesn’t get a definite resolution. Yet there is a certain art to showing life as it is – complicated.

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