In an empty loft a woman and a man stick orange-coloured tape to the floor to demarcate two identically sized areas: one space is to be her dance studio and the other his sculpture workshop. An open plan kitchen and a mattress turn the place into a home. We observe them fusing in sexual passion, playing football with friends or partying, after which they always retreat behind their dividing lines as a means to spur their creativity. Before long, he begins to use her space for his large sculptures, and she uses them for her choreography. This interplay between intimacy and rivalry means that the couple are constantly exploring themselves anew. One day she catches sight of the end of a steel rope, an installation that leads outside and would appear to extend throughout the city. Whilst she makes her way towards the other end of the rope, he experiences a growing desire to have a child with her.
Julia Murat playfully explores two lovers’ desire to belong. Their past and their longing for each other begin to challenge both their artistic identities as well as their identity as a couple.
by Julia Murat
with Raquel Karro, Rodrigo Bolzan, Neto Machado, Marcio Vito, Felipe Rocha, Renato Linhares, Larissa Siqueira, Carlos Eduardo Santos, Valeria Berreta, Martina Revollo, Jorge Alencar
Brazil / Argentina / France 2017 Portuguese 105’ Colour


  • Raquel Karro (She)
  • Rodrigo Bolzan (He)
  • Neto Machado (Gal)
  • Marcio Vito (Rui)
  • Felipe Rocha (Donato)
  • Renato Linhares (Leco)
  • Larissa Siqueira (Luisa)
  • Carlos Eduardo Santos (Edu)
  • Valeria Berreta (Dolores)
  • Martina Revollo (Martina)
  • Jorge Alencar (Jorge)


Director Julia Murat
Screenplay Julia Murat, Matias Mariani
Cinematography Soledad Rodriguez
Editing Lia Kulaukauskas, Marina Meliande
Music Lucas Marcier, Fabiano Krieger
Sound Design Daniel Turin, Fernando Henna, Jean Guy Véran
Sound Catriel Vildosola
Production Design Ana Paula Cardoso
Costumes Preta Marques
Casting Maria Clara Escobar
Assistant Director Helena Ungaretti
Production Manager Tainá Prado
Producers Julia Murat, Tatiana Leite
Co-Producers Andrés Longares, Felicitas Raffo, Julia Solomonoff, Juliette Lepoutre, Pierre Menahem
Co-Production Cepa Audiovisual Buenos Aires
Still moving Paris
Syndrome Films Rio de Janeiro

Produced by

Esquina Produçoes

Bubbles Project

Julia Murat

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1979, she studied graphic design at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro as well as screenwriting at the Escola de Cinema Darcy Ribeiro. Her documentary Dia dos pais premiered at the Cinéma du Réel festival in Paris. Her debut feature film HISTORIAS que só existem quando lembradas (Found Memories) premiered at Venice and went on to win 39 international awards including Best Film at Abu Dhabi, Sofia and Lima film festivals. Pendular is her second feature film.


2001 A velha, o canto, as fotos; short film 2004 Ausência; short film 2008 Dia dos Pais; documentary 2011 Histórias que só existem quando lembradas 2017 Pendular

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2017