Short stories revolving around a bar and a hotel in Recife, unveil a mosaic of exotic characters living in the Brazilian underground: a butcher married with an evangelical woman, a ... See full summary »
Brazilian baroque. The young son that ran from his dominant family, descends into decadence and then returns to the nest. With melodramatic themes of tyrannical fathers, incest, fierce ... See full summary »
Luiz Fernando Carvalho
Juliana Carneiro da Cunha
A solitary philosophy student steers his directionless life toward a violent crime, spurred on by a post-Soviet order characterized by growing inequality, institutional corruption and a ... See full summary »
Karina has 2 dreams: to become an actress & to see the world. Antonio is in love with her. He promises to bring the world to "Nordestina", a village in the sticks of Brazil. This backwater ... See full summary »
A small community of descendants of Italian immigrants in the interior of the state of Rio Grande do Sul resorts to making a video to try to solve the problems of basic sanitation that plague their village.
This film really hooked me at the beginning. It was beautifully shot with a great sound design. It quickly captured a wonderful dark seedy world brimming with surreal, grotesque characters. Unfortunately, it didn't have much for these
characters to do and the film quickly slid downhill. While the actress who played Nina was strong, the character was not somebody you wanted to spend time
with, particularly after a very cruel trick she plays on a blind man. She makes no attempt to solve any of the problems she has created for herself and the last act of the movie, where we are forced to delve into her madness, was tiresome and irritating. I think the director could be capable of great things given a strong script because the vision behind it was really intriguing. But Nina is not the sort of person you want to spend an hour and a half in the dark with.
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