At Home With the Gils season 1 review – a heart-warming family with a soul for music

By Romey Norton
Published: June 24, 2022 (Last updated: last month)
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The Gils Family has come together for the first time to take us on a historic music tour. 

Amazon documentary series At Home With the Gils season 1 was released on the streaming service on June 24th, 2022.

Amazon Studios has released the documentary series At Home With the Gils. Across 5 episodes we follow one of the most famous families in Brazilian music. With each episode lasting roughly thirty to thirty-five minutes, this series brings together all generations of the Gils on stage for the first time and is an unmissable watch. Directed by Andrucha Waddington, Pedro Waddington, and Rebeca Diniz you will not want to miss out on seeing something very special. The series is in Portuguese and there are subtitles available. 

In this documentary, we follow the family’s daily life in the beautiful countryside of Rio de Janeiro. We get never before seen interactions, controversial discussions, and explore topics such as racism in Brazil and Afro Culture in society. We get an insight into their love for music, their history, heritage, the highlights, and their struggles. It’s very heart-warming and beautiful to watch a family come together and see their intimate moments. This family is easily relatable and endearing. Learning about their culture is fascinating and eye-opening.

What is amazing is that Gilberto Gil is almost 80 years old and he’s preparing for a European tour. Seeing his love for art and music is very inspiring, and sharing all this with his huge family really makes you wish you could be part of the team. Their family is so big that they have a whole wall dedicated to their family tree. What made me laugh was in the first episode, one of the family members said she felt like a Kardashian. This series feels far more authentic and less staged, but similar in the filming style. With interviews mixed with fly-on-the-wall style filming, we get to see old footage of Gil on stage back in his younger days, which really shows how he has grown as a person and a musician. 

Obviously, there is a lot of music played throughout. We witness their planning, and the rehearsals, and get a real look behind the scenes which is incredibly fun and very calming. Their life drinking in the sun, making and playing music is a lovely alternative to watching people make and spend their money on lavish, materialistic possessions. 

Overall, this documentary is entertaining, informative, and easy to watch. There is something to learn and be inspired by.

What did you think of the Amazon documentary series At Home With the Gils season 1? Comment below. 

You can watch this series with a subscription to Amazon Prime.

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