I've seen a lot of memes on how "We don't talk about Bruno but let's make an entire song about it" and I believe I have a very interesting take on that!
I'm not colombian and I'm not sure if that's how things work around there regarding this matter, however, there is something funny that happens here, in Brazil, that We don't talk about Bruno really reminded me of.
So, it is very common in countryside small towns for people to know basically everyone in the city, and this can also meana lot of gossip.
When it comes to a situation that there is a taboo subject, people won't talk about it, but the desperate need for information will cause a lot of gossip "under the covers". That creates room for a lot of misinformation being spread too.
So, you see in the song that basically everyone has a take on who Bruno is and what he did, but it is clear that some people had direct interaction and some didn't. Plus, everyone's vision is affected by the moment they are in life, what did they already know at the time compared to present moment and so on.
Camilo, for example, has a very twisted vision from his uncle, maybe because when he met Bruno (and saw him disappearing), he was a child with a fertile imagination that was exposed to stories and rumors. Dolores, on the other side, was a little older but still exposed to all the conversations and speculations due to her gift. Other people got Bruno's knowledge from the future and, for not liking it, could have blamed him for "dooming them" or "sealing their future" even though that was not really his fault cause all he did was see.
From my perspective, that's a lot of how gossip works in very small towns in here and the song portrays that in a very dynamic way. There was a piece of information that should not have been hear by someone, this someone told another someone, that added their own knowledge (twisted or not) and spread to someone else. No one will openly talk about it, but in casual conversation maybe, toning your voice down a little, or maybe having dinner with your family and so it goes.
All the information Mirabel got was from gossip and rumors. Not all of it were lies, but a lot of them were misleading and a twisted portrait on who Bruno is and his role in the family.
I think Antonio's reaction to his ceremony is the most telling sign that Alma was hurting the family. This little boy is scared, and on a night that should be the most exciting of his life. I mean, he was going to get a superpower. What kid wouldn't be bouncing off the walls with elation and impatience? He should've been running to that door, but instead he turned away and reached out for his cousin.
When we first meet him, he's hiding under a bed. He doesn't want to be seen or celebrated, because the expectations that have been placed on him are so heavy he doesn't want to face them. He's grown up seeing how the family treats Mirabel, as well as how she treats herself. He was unintentionally taught that in order to be special and loved, he needs a superpower. He wasn't taught that being normal is okay, he was taught that it's a disappointment. He was taught that he can only contribute to the family via magic or he's useless. Perhaps even worse than useless, a burden.
Ultimately, Alma began to value the gifts given by the miracle over her family, and I think that's why Mirabel's door disappeared. It was the candle's way of saying, "Look at your granddaughter. Look at who she is, not what power she might obtain." Gifted children are often mistreated, even if it doesn't seem like it. Luisa, for example, was praised for being strong, and because of her strength she was expected to shoulder every problem by herself. Isabela's gift seemingly bloomed perfection, and so she was expected to be perfect, even though there's no such thing. Alma's abuse effected everyone.
So then, why did the magic work for Antonio but not Mirabel? Well, I think there's two reasons. First, we have to look at the source. The magic manifested itself when Pedro sacrificed himself for his family, meaning the magic is reliant on a strong family dynamic. By the time Mirabel was born, Alma had turned the miracle into an almost cult-like practice, dressing the children in white robes and inviting the town to observe. It wasn't about family anymore, it was about the spectacle, so Mirabel's door faded away. That's not fair to Mirabel, but not all children are gifted. That doesn't mean their family should love them less.
In Antonio's case, however, Mirabel cared more about him than upsetting her grandmother. She wasn't supposed to walk with him, but she did because he needed her. He needed his family, not some fancy ceremony or magic power. In that moment, only Mirabel could help him, and she unknowingly rejuvenated the magic because she wanted to be there for her cousin. In the end, Mirabel's worth didn't depend on some magic gift, it depended on her love for her family.
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