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Disappointing and Pointless Trip of Marijuana, Water, Reunion and Revenge
In São Paulo, the TV weather man Jonas (Guilherme Weber) is called by his grandmother Dona Carmo (Maria de Jesus Bacarelli) to attend the funeral of his father, who was killed by the Indian Jurandir (Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos) while seducing his sister Wedja (Suyane Moreira). Jonas left Rocha, his poor small native town in the country of the Northeast of Brazil, with his mother when he was five and has never returned to visit his relatives. He travels to Recife, where he meets his old college friends, the potheads Bob (Selton Mello), Falcão (Gustavo Falcão) and Verinha (Mariana Lima), and in the next morning he takes a bus to Rocha. In a bus stop, he meets Soledad (Giulia Gam), who offers a lift in her jeep to Rocha. Soledad is preparing many documentaries about water in the drought. Meanwhile, Bob, Falcão and Verinha decide to travel to Rocha by car to give a moral support to their friend. After the funeral of his father, Jonas discloses the real intentions of Dona Carmo.
"Arido Movie" is a disappointing and pointless trip of marijuana, water, reunion and revenge. The story approaches different subjects that do exist in some areas of Brazil, like the tradition of honorable revenge; the political power of families; the racism against Indians; the existence of hidden plantation of marijuana; how the poor people is religiously lured by opportunists and politicians; the hypocrite behavior of part of our society is regarding drugs therefore, the writer/director Lírio Ferreira uses a "machine-gun" of accusations, but unfortunately without a target or a message. All the characters are very unpleasant - maybe Verinha and Soledad are the most empathetic ones - and the conclusion is a total mess. It seems that the smell of excessive smoke of pot affected Lírio Ferreira mind. My vote is five.
Title (Brazil): "Árido Movie" ("Arid Movie")
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