Criticism – Wound

Ben Affleck, Sean Penn, Jodie Foster, Angelina Jolie, George Clooney, Wagner Moura, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mel Gibson, Olivia Wilde, Bradley Cooper, John Krasinski, Denzel Washington, Drew Barrymore, Ryan Gosling, Ben Stiller, and Natalie Portman. All these names are from actors/actresses who continue to perform in front of the cameras, but wanted more. Consequently, they sat in that special chair we found inside a movie set. Today, they are all film directors as well, as is Halle Berry who has just joined the group.

Ferida, which is now available on the Netflix streaming platform, marks the 55-year-old American actress’s directorial debut. We must always remember the fact that we don’t have so many female filmmakers in the Hollywood industry. Of course, this number has increased for some time now, but we can and should still fight more for diversification in the system, as we will naturally gain a wider range of ideas with other women taking on the position of production developers. That simple.

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Halle Berry’s opening as a filmmaker proved to be consistent, lackluster, but capable enough to engage the platform’s subscriber by telling the story of Jackie Justice (Halle Berry), a mixed martial arts fighter who left the sport in disgrace. Out of luck, seething with rage and regret years after her fight, she is induced into a brutal underground fight by her manager and boyfriend Desi (Adan Canto) and ends up catching the attention of a female wrestling league promoter (Shamier Anderson), that promises her a life back in the octagon. But the path to redemption becomes unexpectedly personal when Manny (Danny Boyd, Jr.) — the son she abandoned as a child — shows up at her doorstep.

Taking on the artistic intent of an entire production is for few people. It’s not an easy job. More than artistically, there is a whole management of relationships that need to take place at a certain pace so that things work as close to what was planned. And, in case there are so many unforeseen events, how to deal with them and adapt to new situations that arise along the way.

So, it is very curious to note that Halle Berry chose to have as her first job as a director, a work that goes around the field of sports and, more specifically, martial arts. This idea is affirmed, as it is known that in the field of sports, whatever the modalities, daily practice is essential, and above all, a lot of discipline to achieve your goals.

Not so different from a movie set, which poses new challenges daily, encouraging reinvention day after day; plus a disciplinary focus to keep yourself and everyone around you focused to deliver the best work possible.

And the result of this was a feature film that, despite not reinventing the cinema that addresses the lives of athletes, fulfills all the requirements expected in this type of work. It doesn’t always excite and hold the ends, however it offers some good moments that enable the narrative, especially due to the emotional bias of the story.

It’s worth making an individual compliment to the final fight scene in Ferida, which was well filmed, something that demands a lot from the person responsible for the narrative thread, due to the fight choreographies that involve the climax of this story; in addition to the fact that we witnessed a moment of great delicacy on the part of Berry, who at the end of the fight in the Octagon, exalts the sorority between fighters in the ring, showing the female union even among sports professionals who were just a few minutes ago almost killing themselves , literally.

The national title established by Netflix, as well as the original ‘Bruised’ (in translated, bruised), make reference both to the struggles in Justice’s life, as well as the pains experienced by the extremely (!) complicated childhood he had. Something that also indicates her difficulties in adapting to maternal roles with the little and adorable Manny, role of Danny Boyd, Jr., who performed very well despite his young age.

It is for the vulnerability and pulsating physical energy of Halle Berry in the scene that we pay our attention to Ferida, which, like so many films of this style, aim to overcome challenges, which go far beyond the practice of sports.

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It’s Justice’s chance to forgive himself and do justice to his little boy. Put an end, end, close, put an end to the cycle of pain and suffering that usually pass from parents to children.

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