The scream that no one hears. Addressing intense conflicts between mind and body from the perspective of a young teenager, the Brazilian feature film Trip diary begins its journey in the mid-90s, at the time of creation of the real plan. The cut here is in the adolescent phase, in high school, in the eyes of a character in conflict, who does not know what she likes, what she wants, feels lost in her thinking with the weight of not being able to relate, as if everyone does not understand her. The epicenter of these conflicts is in relation to the eating disorder. Living this phase in total solitude is hard, distressing, the narrative walks this road in a profound way. Written and directed by filmmaker Paula Kimthe film is based on the director’s own adolescence.
In the plot, we meet Liz (Manuela Aliperti), a young, only child, who likes Nirvana, Paralamas and is about to embark on an opportunity that few have, that of an exchange program and getting to know a new country culturally (in this case, Ireland), in addition to being on a straight of opportunities to exchange experiences with young people from other countries and ways of thinking different from hers. The protagonist has an eating disorder, a fact that has made her, for some time now, walk on a road of non-acceptance of her body. When she returns from her trip, the situation seems to get worse and the protagonist ends up in a deep sadness that shakes herself and everyone around her.
The work The Picture of Dorian Gray, mentioned in the opening minutes, already showed, as a kind of opening, that we would walk in a story about the mind and the parallels with the body in a corridor of fear and affliction in the search for perfection (in this case: no fat) being something constant, intense and often inconsequential. Conflicts lead Liz to be surrounded by limitations, those who approach her soon move away. Socializing turns out to be a great difficulty for the young woman who closes herself in her own labyrinth. It is worth noting the excellent performance of the actress Manuela Aliperti🇧🇷
The variables that surround the protagonist end up finding their space in the narrative in a forceful way. The biggest example is her parents, who realize that there is something wrong but take a while to act, most of the time not knowing how to deal with that situation, heading towards an imminent conflict. In addition, the whole situation shakes the family, driving the mother to despair and the father to moments of explosion and lack of control (alcoholism is also present). Physically and psychologically shaken, her exhausting routine puts her in moments of sadness at school, where bullying appears.
Spoken in Portuguese and English in the first few minutes (due to the trip the teenager is taking), Trip diary is a deep drama, bubbling over the wrenching emotions of a young woman with an eating disorder that paralyzes her life. The goal of raising awareness of anorexia nervosa, which affects so many in reality, is achieved, leaving the public on a line of reflections on the subject.