Pedágio

Carolina Markowicz

Grand Jury Fiction Dutch premiere

Suellen, a Brazilian toll-booth attendant, falls in with a gang of thieves in an attempt to keep her family afloat. She realises she can use her job to raise some extra money illegally for a ‘noble’ cause: to send her son to expensive conversion therapy.

Suellen works as a toll booth attendant outside of São Paulo while her queer son, Antonio, uploads flamboyant videos online. Ashamed of the videos and ridiculed by her colleagues, Suellen is distraught by her son’s sexual orientation. A co-worker suggests Antonio should seek help from a foreign pastor-guru who runs a conversion therapy programme. To cover the programme’s expensive fees, Suellen raises money by helping criminals target the wealthy commuters passing through her toll booth.

Maeve Jinkings delivers a fierce performance as Suellen in this realist drama. Set within a bleak industrial landscape, the different narrative threads weave together a meditative portrait of familial love, class, religious pressure, and queer emancipation. 

Nominated for the Grand Jury Fiction award
All nominations

Credits

Director
Carolina Markowicz
Year
2023
Country of production
Brazil, Portugal
Type
Fiction
Duration
101 minutes
Spoken language
Portuguese
Subtitles
EN
Production company
Biônica Filmes
World Sales
Luxbox