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"Quanto vale ou é por quilo" shows us parallel and fragmentary stories
about life in Brazil during slavery period (that ended at 1888) and
also during recent times, when non-governmental organizations explore
poverty in order to make money.
Unilateral, exaggerated, perhaps intentionally artificial, "Quanto vale..." do not have the well-dosed mix of comedy, irreverence and political denunciation that made "Cronicamente Inviável/Chronically Unfeasible" a cult movie in his country. It lacks rhythm, it lacks more and clearer links between the various stories throughout the movie -- that is too much fragmentary.
But is worthy seeing it. And if you are a Latin-American one MUST see it. Bianchi's unique capability of characterizing Brazilian society's bad habits makes his movies disturbing, electrical and very, very instructive. No one else in Brazil has his guts. His vision of Brazil may not be "the" truth, nor the only way to see that country and its society. His movies dares to show his opinion. But indeed they are yet the best portrait of the moral crisis that corrupts his nation from the "favelas" to the politicians in Brasilia.
Usually, there's a film in the Vancouver Film Festival that sets itself from the others for just being plain OUT THERE. This year's winner clearly goes to 'Quanto vale ou e por quilo?' for just having the guts to explore government corruption in the wild manner it sets itself to. Jumping from time period to time period, character to character, hell even film genre to film genre, the director, Marcelo Corpanni gets the job done in such an entertaining way. Heck, this even has a false ending, which is deeply hilarious. It's almost as if he was using genres of movie making as a metaphor to government corruption. What an interesting work!
Through this movie we manage to see, in the raw and sincere form, all
the sore spots that help to compose the current Brazilian view of our
stated society. The best itinerary and great acting help to give to the
movie more realism, making it nearer of us, it does so that we feel sad
and bothered. It shows that we need to know more the country in which
we cheer and which the contact with other, it is he of any social
class, it is necessary so that we become more human and more conscious
of our situation like Brazilians.
The director got, with his intriguing history and using of extremely valid flashbacks resulting from the history, like still we live in a late and selfish time.
A great Brazilian movie that needs to be more accepted and spread!
The only thing that convinced me to see this movie was the fact that
I've really enjoyed Sergio Bianchi's "Cronicamente Inviavel". Now days
in Brazil it's pretty hard to find a movie that goes outside it's
regular routines, such as showing disgrace, misery and poverty. This
movie is no different from other recent Brazilian titles that try to
deal with such a hard subject in the country. It is a sad true and it
should be told but we're missing some great ideas that could be perhaps
great movies. It must be brought out that here in South America, Brazil
is not even close of doing what it could for the film industry, we have
great sources and probably marvelous "wanna-be film makers" that are
cast aside because of our bureaucracy, but that is for another
discussion. The screen writing is what makes this one special. It
compares the way it used to be to the way it is(with great connections
and, as said, a great writing work), showing that despite much, things
haven't changed at all in some ways; also a great research that the
writers did, with a lot of historical facts to the viewer and it still
manages to surprise and catch our attention. The direction of the movie
is not bad (nor great) and one must look aside to some bad acting
sequences, but looking to the movie itself, and the message it's trying
to send it's a very good picture and a different way of showing
"Brazil" in the screen, even following previous routines. It's a good
movie and a must-see when it comes to comparing to recent Brazilian
films that are "two-hour soap operas". Forget much technical details
and go with the script on this flick.
Maybe we should learn a little bit with our "hermanos" Argentinians(in my opinion the greatest film industry in South America now days).
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