'Once Upon a Time Veronica' a sensual study of human condition

November 28, 2014 8:45 PM

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"Once Upon a Time Veronica" begins with a scene of wordless ecstasy, an imaginatively shot glimpse of a group sexual encounter on a beach in Brazil. This sequence is more than a tip-off to this film's notably sensual nature, it is a clue to the personality of its title character as well.

Written and directed by Brazil's Marcelo Gomes and starring the impressive Hermila Guedes, "Veronica" is the kind of small film from a faraway country that would be easy not to notice as the waves of major studio releases crash onto theatrical shores. But that would be a pity.

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