He looks as if he came straight out of Baywatch, our athletic, popular swimming instructor Rubens, who works in a small Brazilian town where he coaches his students in the pool with great enthusiasm and enormous effort. A high-five, an arm around the shoulder, Rubens has a hands-on approach to motivating his pupils. His fellow instructors, however, also know another side of him, as he openly admits to admiring photos of scantily clad young girls on social media. One day, his student Alex accuses Rubens of indecent behaviour. As long as there is no clear proof, Rubens’ boss holds off on calling the authorities, but the boy’s mother escalates things by publicly naming and shaming Rubens on Facebook and Instagram.
Director Carolina Jabor tackles two tricky issues in a very nuanced way: the delicate relationship between teacher and student, and the degree in which social media affect our moral compass. So far, her film has yielded her four awards.