Sintonia offers a unique snapshot of complex individuals trying to navigate difficult circumstances, and it remains compelling even the third time around.
This Sintonia Season 3 review is spoiler-free. You can check out our previous coverage of this show by clicking on these words.
Sintonia is primarily the product of KondZilla, a filmmaker and DJ whose musical influence has been felt throughout the series. But it’s really the genuine enthusiasm for culture that KondZilla and his co-creators, Guilherme Moraes Quintella and Felipe Braga, used to elevate this quietly complex Netflix drama about friends trying to navigate their lives and relationships as they go. their personal circumstances change.
In this third season, which has six episodes like the previous episodes, the circumstances of the leading trio have changed more than ever. Doni has found his way, or so he thinks – his music career and love life are good and took him to Paris on tour. Nando is still there, but barely; he has a path to a law-abiding life that he is eager to take. And Rita has, through religion, found politics, through a specific kind of evangelical politics that puts the needs of her potential voters at odds with the needs of her benefactor.
Sintonia has always been about these three close friends since childhood, united by their common situation and difficult upbringing. Keeping that bond intact for three seasons must have been no easy writing feat, but even though roughly equal attention is given to everyone’s personal efforts, the show still really sings when they come together. There’s a lot of warmth and understanding between the three, and the obvious love they have for each other is a great way to humanize and complicate individuals who, especially in Nando’s case but also with support players like Cleyton, didn’t necessarily behave. in the most pleasant (or most legal) way.
Of course, that’s the point. By uniting these characters in their past but following their very different paths to adulthood, the series is able to explore how people are defined differently by their circumstances and how there are many paths to personal emancipation – not all easy, yes, but all with light at the end of the tunnel. Hopefully, anyway.
Since we’re invested in the fates of these people and largely want the best for them, even though we’ve been privy to their most shameful moments and self-destructive decisions, the relatively moderate pacing of this season doesn’t sound as much of a downside as it might otherwise. That doesn’t mean that nothing is happening, just that Sintonia is confident enough in its world and characters not to force the issue. An open finale suggests a future future for the show that I, for one, would be interested in seeing.
You can stream Sintonia Season 3 exclusively on Netflix.