Meu Pé de Laranja Lima

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My Sweet Orange Tree (Portuguese: Meu Pé de Laranja Lima), is a novel by José Mauro de Vasconcelos.[1] The book was first published in 1968 and it was used for literature classes for elementary schools in Brazil.[2] Also, it has been translated and published in US and Europe.[3]

The novel is part of a tetralogy written by Vasconcelos and centered on different stages in the life of the protagonist, Zeze, and by extension, Vasconcelos' life as well. The four books were published in a disorganized order, following an aleatory chronology instead of a direct one. The direct continuation of the story, Doidão, was actually published in 1963, five years before My Sweet Orange Tree, and follows the life of Zeze during his adolescence.

A film adaptation was released in 2012.[4]

Plot[edit]

Zeze is a young boy who lives in Bangu, Rio de Janeiro with his underprivileged family. Because everyone is busy trying to support the family, Zeze is usually left by himself with his baby brother Luis, and ends up doing mischievous deeds that make his parents and older siblings so mad that they would physically discipline him for what he did.

After Zeze’s father got fired, the whole family moves and the new house has a few trees that each siblings claim. After having all the trees being taken, Zeze gets upset, but one of his older sister, Gloria, suggest him to check the backyard and soon Zeze discovers a small orange tree. At first sight, Zeze doesn’t like his tree, but he finds out that amazingly, he can communicate with it. He gives the tree a name, Minguinho and the two become best friends.

Even after meeting a companion, Zeze’s naughty pranks continue and finally he decides to hang on the back of car of Portuguese man named Manuel Valadares. Unfortunately Zeze gets busted and Valadares humiliates him in public, making Zeze to promise himself to revenge. However, Valadares takes Zeze’s attitude as being a kid and offers Zeze a friendship. With this relationship, Zeze learns what real love is.

The two of them share many memories as good friends, but sadly, Valadares dies in a train accident. Zeze goes through serious mental trauma that causes illness. At the end, Zeze overcomes the trauma, but loses the ability to talk to Minguinho. Zeze also hears the news from his father that he has got a new job and their life will be better. However, Zeze confesses how he considers to have killed his father in his mind for the treatment he has had and express sorrow for losing his ‘real’ father, Manuel Valadares.

Background and publication[edit]

The book O meu pé de laranja lima (Portuguese: My Sweet Orange Tree) was first published in 1968 by Ed. Melhoramentos in São Paulo, Brazil and was Written in Portuguese.[5]

According to www.aladin.co.kr, the author considered we feel sorrow in life when we obtain ration that discovers life's two face and leads us to departure of childhood. It is also said, through this book, the author puts Zeze in front to appeal the salvation of dilapidating human nature by saying how real beauty of life is not how extravagant it is, but small but simple like leaves gently floating on river and how without love, life is so miserable. To the author, the reason that our life is deprived of love is adult's lack of creativity and feelings.[6]

Film adaptation[edit]

The film adaptation of Meu Pé de Laranja Lima, My Sweet Orange Tree was released in 2012.[7] This movie was directed by Marcos Bernstein and produced by Katia Machoda from Passaro Films.[8] 'MEU PE DE LARANJA LIMA' is classified as foreign film due to its production language Brazilian, but was distributed by a few countries like France, Germany and South Korea.[9]

After the release of movie, there is some speculation that points out missing details from adapting a book, but also praises its cinematography.[10] Moreover, the director puts his own twist of story by making Portuga, who becomes Zeze's important figure in life as a true friend, the direct influence to have Zeze become a writer later in movie.[11]

Since the release, My Sweet Orange Tree took parts in many national film festival as well as international ones. To name a few, it debuted in FILMART in 2010 and after that it was a line-up for Cannes in 2010, 2012 and 2013.[12] However, the movie did more than just being a line-ups in various films, but also was a winner. Like in Cinema Brazil Grand Prize 2014, it actually won best children's film and in Zlín International Film Festival for Children and Youth 2013, it won best feature film for children.[13] Also, in 2012, in 7th Rome film festival, it received Alice award as well.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "My Sweet Orange Tree". www.paperbackswap.com. PaperBackSwap.com. Retrieved 7 August 2015. 
  2. ^ 박문각. "시사 상식 사전 나의 라임 오렌지 나무" [Knowledge dictionary My Sweet Orange Tree] (in Korean). Retrieved 7 August 2015. 
  3. ^ 박문각. "시사 상식 사전 나의 라임 오렌지 나무" [Knowledge dictionary My Sweet Orange Tree] (in Korean). Retrieved 7 August 2015. 
  4. ^ Estreia nos cinemas nova adaptação de "Meu Pé de Laranja Lima" - Segundo Caderno - Zero Hora
  5. ^ workbot (15 December 2009). "O meu pé de laranja lima". openlibrary.org. Open Library. Retrieved 7 August 2015. 
  6. ^ "J.M 바스콘셀로르" [J.M. Vasconcelos]. www.aladin.co.kr (in Korean). www.aladin.co.kr. Retrieved 10 August 2015. 
  7. ^ "MY SWEET ORANGE TREE (MEU PE DE LARANJA LIMA)". http://www.cinando.com. CINANDO. Retrieved 2 September 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  8. ^ "MY SWEET ORANGE TREE (MEU PE DE LARANJA LIMA)". http://www.cinando.com. CINANDO. Retrieved 2 September 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  9. ^ "MY SWEET ORANGE TREE (MEU PE DE LARANJA LIMA)". http://www.cinando.com. CINANDO. Retrieved 2 September 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  10. ^ "'My Sweet Orange Tree': Outgrowing childhood". www.koreaherald.com. Ahn Sung-mi. Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  11. ^ "'My Sweet Orange Tree': Outgrowing childhood". www.koreaherald.com. Ahn Sung-mi. Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  12. ^ "MY SWEET ORANGE TREE (MEU PE DE LARANJA LIMA)". http://www.cinando.com. CINANDO. Retrieved 2 September 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  13. ^ "My Sweet Orange Tree". https://www.imdb.com. IMDB. Retrieved 2 September 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  14. ^ "Alice Nella Citta Award Ceremony - The 7th Rome Film Festival". http://www.gettyimages.com.au. Elisabetta Villa. 17 November 2012. Retrieved 2 September 2015.  External link in |website= (help)