A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Life is worth living. See the glass as half full rather than half empty. Life must go on after death. When one door closes another one opens. Never give up and work hard for your dreams.
Positive Role Models
Gabriel is a beloved resident doctor who tries to make his patients as comfortable as possible. He risks his career for Nina. Nina has a life-threatening condition and sometimes feels hopeless about her future. Gabriel's dad has not been the best dad, but he loves his son. Characters make sacrifices, big and small, for each other and out of love.
The film is set in Brazil and shot in Brazilian Portuguese. Some secondary characters are Black. A best friend is gay and he gets married in a closing scene.
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Violence & Scariness
Characters live with life-threatening illnesses and undergo dialysis treatments. A man suffers serious accidents. A child and a woman have bloody noses and faint. A person talks about losing his mother to cancer. A character dies.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Two young people fall in love, dance, kiss, and have sex on a rooftop in the rain (they disrobe and we see their bare chests from the side as they embrace, and later their bare bottoms). A man dates other men he meets on a dating app, including one who is married.
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"Hell," "dumb," "hag," "Oh my God" in the English subtitles.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink wine and whiskey.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Beyond the Universe is a Brazilian drama involving a young man and woman whose romance is complicated by illness. The characters fall in love, dance, kiss, and have sex on a rooftop in the rain, where they disrobe and we see their bare chests from the side and later their bare bottoms. A male character dates men he meets on a dating app and eventually gets married. The film has positive messages about hope and love, but there's loss and danger along the way, including dialysis treatments, a car accident, a climbing accident, and a death. Language in the English subtitles includes "hell" and "dumb," and adults drink wine and whiskey. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Melodrama teetering toward telenovela, this Brazilian romance stays afloat thanks to its charismatic young stars. For Beyond the Universe to work, you definitely have to suspend disbelief and just go along for the ride. But there's an element of magic here that suggests the filmmakers were hoping you would do precisely that. Be and Zaga make a stunning couple and their quick fall in love is sweet and youthful. Some of the attempts at humor fall flat, and better editing could have brought the film down from a long two hours. But the story's heart is in the right place, and the film captures a romantic Sao Paulo with saturated colors popping around concrete buildings and skies burning a sunset orange.
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