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What makes a person what he is? Cajo (22) is typical for the petty criminal youth on the wrong path. His crimes include armed robbery and aggravated assault. But now Cajo wants to make a change, this time when he gets out of jail everything will be different. With his adoptive parents, who brought him from Brazil when he was two, at his side, he sets out to start a new life. Euphorically, he looks for a home together with his pregnant girlfriend Rijelda and makes plans for a happy family life. But soon his past catches up with him: Cajo pretends to be someone he is not. In order to escape reality, he invents characters, feigns being a car dealer, a professional football player or a talent scout and gets lost in his performances. The relationship with Rijelda splits up. Cajo must return to jail and his young girlfriend is alone with the child. The film accompanies Cajo throughout a whole year. One year later, the filmmakers meet him again, and he comments on the past year. Behind his facade you can see a boy who seems to know exactly what he is and can evaluate himself very well. You can tell that he wants to make it but he does not know why he fails again and again. The filmmakers are very close to the protagonist and mix the two levels: Cajo’s past and his present, in which he is his own commentator. “I do not know who I am. And if you do not know who you are, you’re nobody and everyone.”
Genre Biopic, Coming-of-Age Story
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2012
Directors Annika Blendl, Leonie Stade
Cinematography Carla Muresan
Producer Ferdinand Freising
Production Company Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München (HFF/M)
Length 57 min
Format HD, color, 16:9
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Max Ophüls Festival Saarbrücken 2013 (In Competition)

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