Review | Love Without Measure – Juliana Paes and Leandro Hassum in National Comedy for Foreigners see

In the first years in Brazilian territory the Netflix focused on only making available here productions made in the United States, the United Kingdom and partner countries; over the last few years, however, with the growth of the world market and the consumption of streaming platforms, the company started to produce local productions in countries where it already had a fixed clientele. This is why we have seen so many Brazilian films and series premiering simultaneously here in over 160 countries, as well as having seen productions from non-hegemonic countries appearing as a suggestion in our profiles. That’s how we came to ‘love without measure’, comedy Brazilian which has just debuted.

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Ivana (Juliana Paes) is a successful lawyer and recently separated from Danilo, who shares custody of the dog and the law firm. Some day, Ivana forget your cell phone in a public place, and the cardiologist Ricardo Leão (Leandro Hassum) ends up finding it and calls to let him know to pick up the device. When the two finally meet, Ivana takes a fright when realizing that Ricardo he is a short man, and this creates conflicting feelings inside his chest as he is starting to like the boy, but he is afraid of what people will say about it.

Inspired by the original Argentine version of this story, ‘love without measure‘ has an important message in its background, however, it stumbles a bit in transmitting the theme to the viewer. Starting with the construction of the love relationship between the protagonist couple, which is completely accelerated at the beginning of the film to the point where we are not convinced that the feeling is true, since already in the first phone call Ivana she already demonstrates to be melted by the stranger who found her cell phone, and between this scene and the couple’s first kiss, only about fifteen minutes pass.

Written by Michelle Ferreira e Paulo Leierer, the script runs in the depth of the protagonists to get to what really matters: the message that all kinds of love must be free and respected, and only those involved should measure their feelings for the other. That is, in ‘love without measure‘We see the relationship of a successful woman of average height with a super successful man of short stature, but none of this is enough to please those who are unwilling to recognize possibilities other than those pre-arranged in the rules relationships between humans. This conflict, however, only enters the third arc of the plot, when nasty jokes and enabling comments begin to become frequent and enter the couple’s reality, showing the weight that social discrimination imposes on people’s happiness and self-esteem.

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But, ‘love without measure‘ propose a comedy, only the jokes don’t work. Not even those that have nothing to do with the plot theme. On the other hand, the soundtrack is exciting, and the editor’s dedication to building an entire plot based on visual effects, which strive to build the problem of heights, is noticeable, since Leandro Hassum it is actually 6 feet tall.

love without measure‘ is national comedy made for the international audience of Netflix – which is why we have an Almodovar aesthetic at the core of Ivana; foreign characters who only speak English; the presence of the Pope to generate dialogue in Spanish-Italian; and scenes that accompany the interpretation and mode of execution of international romantic comedies, without any Brazilian element that refers to the origin of the production. It may be that it pleases other audiences beyond the national audience, thus internationalizing our actors.

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