18 July 2004 | Luke Joplin
Forgotten masterpiece - beautiful portrait of desperation
The enigmatic title "Um Clássico Dois em Casa Nenhum Jogo Fora" (something like "A Classic Soccer Game - Two at home, No Game Outdoors", having in addition the soccer jargon meaning of two teams playing in their own towns) also stands for an enigmatic short film.
The film was made when a military dictatorship ruled Brazilian politics. Artists were censored, and used metaphors to bypass lack of free-speech. In this case, a soccer game is the grand metaphor representing the bond uniting the male Brazilian society, the average Brazilian guy. A teenager walks the streets in São Paulo, and finds his soul mate. It happens that his other half is the same sex. They make love and, without any oral communication, come to a conclusion that is startling, and couldn't be mentioned here without spoiling the film. The game is only heard randomly though radios on the street. Anyway, those two know for sure that they don't belong to that society. They're outsiders, they're lonely (the two at home) and, for them, there's no game outside. What makes the short so special, is the absence of explanations, or character development, and an atmosphere of impending doom. In the situation Brazil was in, no explanations were required. Either you played the major game or... One of most beautiful portraits of desperation put to celluloid, ever.