The Meaning of Life 

O Sentido da Vida (original title)


In The Meaning of Life we will take part on a journey throughout the world to question our existence through the inquiries of a young Brazilian, with a rare hereditary disease with no cure.

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Brazil | Portugal | Spain | Iceland


Portuguese | English | Spanish

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