Irene is raising four rambunctious sons in a home that is physically crumbling but warm and happy. As Irene simultaneously shelters her sister Sonia (who just left a volatile marriage), supports her own husband through a financial crisis, and plans her own long-awaited high school graduation, Irene’s eldest son, Fernando, suddenly announces he has been recruited by a professional handball team in Germany and will be leaving in just three weeks. Consummate caretaker Irene prickles at the idea of emancipating the 16-year-old so he can travel and live alone, and she becomes increasingly anxious about what her future holds.
“We wanted to talk about invisible women. Irene is your everyday woman, the one you pass by on the street and you don’t even notice. /…/ She’s not important to anyone except for herself and her family. So, we wanted to praise that work. We wanted to take that and bring it out and show the poetic and the beautiful side of it and the importance of it. Because everybody has or had a mother and your relationship to your family is somehow the basis of who you are. Sometimes you have a bad relationship with your family and that makes you become a better person, sometimes you have a good relationship with your family and it makes you a better person.” (Gustavo Pizzi and Karine Teles)
Born in 1977, in Brazil, Pizzi graduated from Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF) in Rio de Janeiro. In 2006, he made his first documentary, Simple Past, about Rio de Janeiro’s most famous brothels. Gustavo Pizzi and his spouse, actress Karine Teles, were inspired by the birth of their twins to make Loveling – Pizzi's second feature film.