The Joy of Things
A Felicidade Das Coisas

Director: Thais Fujinaga
Brazil | 2022 | Portuguese With English subtitles | 87 min

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Paula is a 40-year-old woman, expecting her third child, who spends her time between an unattractive beach and a newly acquired summer house. When her efforts to build a swimming pool for her kids clash into financial problems, all her frustrations come to the surface, driving her away from her plans and from her family.

Paula é uma mulher de 40 anos, esperando seu terceiro filho, que passa seu tempo entre uma praia pouco atraente e uma casa de veraneio recém-adquirida. Quando seus esforços para construir uma piscina para seus filhos se chocam com problemas financeiros, todas as suas frustrações vêm à tona, afastando-a de seus planos e de sua família.


Was born in São Paulo. Her short films received over 60 awards and distinctions in relevant film festivals around the world, including an special mention at the Berlinale for L [2011]. In addition to the work on her personal projects, she also develops partnerships with other Brazilians filmmakers and wrote WHERE I GROW OLD [2017], a feature film by Marília Rocha which had its world premiere at the IFFR’s Tiger Competition in 2016. THE JOY OF THINGS is Thais’ feature film debut.