Where I Grow Old

(Cidade onde envelheço)
Marilia Rocha | Drama, Fiction

2015 | 100 minutes | Brazil, Portugal

A deep friendship grows between two Portuguese women living in Brazil, forcing them to deal with conflicting desires: a will to leave for an unknown country and a longing for home.


Using nonprofessional actors, this fiction film from established documentarian Marilia Rocha explores notions of nationhood and belonging. At the request of her mother, Portuguese expat Francisca welcomes old friend Teresa into her Belo Horizonte apartment. Both are nearly thirty, and find themselves at a crossroads, one created as much by the Portuguese financial crisis as their individual personalities. While Teresa eagerly embraces the rhythms and openness of Brazilian life, Francisca still desires to return to Portugal. Through largely improvised dialogue, Rocha’s beautifully shot film deftly explores their relationships to themselves and their surroundings.

Main credits

Rocha, Marilia (film director)
Rocha, Marilia (screenwriter)
Francisca, Elizabete (actor)
Manuel, Francisca (actor)
Dumans, João (screenwriter)
Fujinaga, Thais (screenwriter)
Matos, João (film producer)
Melgaço, Luana (film producer)

Other credits

Cinematography, Ivo Lopes Araújo; editing, Francisco Moreira.

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International Film Festival Rotterdam; Chicago International Film Festival; Göteborg Film Festival; Doclisboa International Film Festival - Kino Sound Studio Award

DIRECTOR: Marilia Rocha

NATIONALITY: Brazil, Portugal

YEAR: 2015

GENRE: Drama, Fiction

LANGUAGE: Portuguese

COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School, High School, College, Adults



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