Eusebio (Joao Lourenco), a dutiful son whose brother split for other shores four decades earlier, vows to maintain his dying mother’s standards. In one of several visually stunning sequences, Mom is buried in a cemetery whose above-ground tombs are a stone’s throw from the crashing surf.
Hounded by creditors, Eusebio is forced to divvy up the family’s holdings. His parvenu neighbor’s tactics, his own half-caste son’s forbidden romance, his mercenary brother’s opportunistic return and the politically motivated hounding of a gifted black doctor all rumble and roil as Eusebio attempts to reclaim the title estate his parents loved. Through it all, Eusebio remains touching as an honest man burdened by nostalgia, struggling to maintain the allegiances he believes are right.
Heavy though things get, there is some wry comic relief from time to time. Perfs vary from hammy to very good. Lensing is straightforward, other tech credits pro.