Netflix has in the last couple of years, diversified into a lot of international content, providing audiences with a variety of foreign films and shows. The product of this variety has seen a boom in films and shows from regions that are usually very cut-off from American audiences. One such example is the upcoming Brazilian comedy ‘Airplane Mode’.
Based on a Mexican script by Alberto Bremer, the Brazilian adaptation of ‘Airplane Mode’ or ‘Modo Aviao’ is written by Renato Fagundes and Alice Name-Bomtempo. The film is directed by César Rodrigues and produced by Luiz Noronha, Cecilia Grosso, and Samanta Moraes, from the production company A Fábrica.
‘Airplane Mode’ premieres on January 23, 2020, only on Netflix.
As per the official Netflix synopsis of the film, “When Ana, a young social media influencer, crashes her car because of her addiction to her cellphone, she is grounded and shipped to her grandfather’s farm with one catch: she’s not allowed to use her phone.”
Young Ana, who studied fashion design, dreamt of becoming a great stylist one day. Life, however, comes in the way. All of a sudden, she dropped everything to become a digital influencer for a famous brand called “True Fashion”. This new Ana now spent a sizable chunk of her day posting pictures and videos to promote the brand. In fact, she got addicted to her phone and her growing status as an influencer to such a degree, it started affecting her life in a serious way. One day, while using her phone as she drives, she had a car accident.
That is where her parents decided to intervene. From that moment on, Ana is forced to get away from social media. They send her to a farm owned by her grandfather Germano in the countryside, where she has to go through a digital detox.
At first, she felt annoyed. A city kid, she was not only unaccustomed to life in the countryside but she also dearly missed her social media and phone. But things soon change.
From helping her grandpa to fix his old Mustang with João and his mother Antônia, who own a mechanical workshop in the region, to finding out stories about her family, Ana goes through a journey of self-knowledge. And she also finds love.
Larissa Manoela as Ana
The 19-year-old actress, singer, model, voice actor, writer, and digital influencer, began her career at the young age of four. She is most famous for playing the character Maria Joaquina in the Brazilian soap opera ‘Carrossel’.
Erasmo Carlos as Germano, her grandfather
The 78-year-old Brazilian singer and songwriter is an iconic musician in the country. Carlos was an important face in the 1960s Brazilian pop-rock scene. His most popular songs include ‘Sentado A Beira Do Caminho’, ‘Mesmo que seja eu’, and ‘Festa de arromba’.
The film’s trailer that dropped on January 12, begins with Ana waking up and logging into her social media to wish her followers a good morning. Her parents are visibly annoyed with her addiction to the phone, after all, she crashed her car eight times in one month, too busy on her phone. But they can do little about it.
Ana is always live-streaming her life on her phone, recording every aspect of her manicured existence — to the extent that her boyfriend even breaks up with her while she is live on a social feed.
Soon, however, Ana meets with a big accident, not the usual fender-benders she is used to and she ends up in the hospital. She wakes up craving for her phone, but her parents put their foot down. She is soon shipped off to the countryside to live on a farm with her grandpa. And her grandpa is one tough cookie.
We soon see scenes of her trying to adjust with farm life, almost reminiscent of the 2007 American dramedy ‘The Ultimate Gift’. But this is the beginning of a journey of self-discovery where she realizes her online followers only know her online self, not the real her.
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‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’, ‘Hannah Montana: The Movie’, ‘The Ultimate Gift’, ‘Pleasantville’ and ‘Doc Hollywood’.