"Ele, o Boto" is based on an old legend of a Water Sprite who takes on form of Amazon river dolphin. He only takes on his humanoid form when he wa...展开nts a mate. However, the village men hate the water sprite and want him dead. All he wanted was some mates, due to his lonelyness....
Despite the low-budget, "Ele o Boto" is a wonderfully done and haunting movie that will captivate myth and folklore buffs or people whom are into dolphins, water-sprites or merfolk like creatures. I don't think CG and the big name companies at Hollywood or parts of Europe could not do something this interesting and effective.
The movie plot is based on the folklore of "The Botte, or Dolphin" who comes out of the water disguised as a human in order to entice the village women to make love with him. He is particularly interested in the heroine of the movie, Corina, who has born him a child. The men of the village hate "The Botte" and want to kill him.
This is a beautiful, if slow-moving, film with a dreamlike tone to it. The legend is that a dolphin occasionally comes ashore in human form to seduce the maidens of a Brazilian village, and his amorousness is so fine that none can resist. The downside is that they eventually go mad, and then they go into the depths of the sea to join him; whether they drown or turn into dolphins is not made clear, nor is it relevant.
The story gives an excuse for some beautiful marine shots, but there is also some sensitive character-development. Carlos Riccelli does a great job of portraying a man with dolphin-like movements, something that must be extremely difficult.