Bo starts out as a wild, motorbike riding young woman – 19 or 20, with dreams of doing great things, not letting anyone holding her back.
Shortly after the opening of the film, that introduces this young Bo, we see her vacuuming and cleaning rich people’s homes- not the dream she imagined. Her character and her dreams are pushed down further by her sleazy boyfriend, married of course, who asks her to get money for his sick nephew when it is really for him to pay his gambling debts.
Through the course of the story, Bo’s character gets pushed into being a kidnapper and criminal, for which she eventually spends time in prison. The movie ends with her leaving prison and walking down the road, feeling free, and as if anything is possible again- just like her youthful dream.
It’s a story full of action, sweetness, deception, justice and hope. Bo’s young bravura and idealism is so human and accessible for younger audiences- she is strong, beautiful and capable, with her life and dreams ahead of her. The reality of life knocking the wind out of her sails, is very relatable for older audiences who have already moved to a different stage in life and can empathize with bittersweet feelings of their own compromises. Even though Bo gets mixed up- stealing money, kidnapping and running from the police, she is not a real criminal- it is always done for a good cause, and she holds strong to her ideal to not give up on her dreams. With her best friend and protégé, Luiza, they show their loyalty and good will, befriending their kidnap victim and taking care of him- giving him a wonderful adventure in his entitled, too-easy life.
Facing the consequences of her choices- doing time in prison- and coming out unscathed, even stronger than before, and back to her young idealistic outlook gives a message of hope for the human spirit.
The sequel will follow Bo into the next stage of her life where she finds meaning in following dreams, helping children.