An examination of corruption and class warfare in Brazil as told through the stories of a wealthy businessman, a plastic surgeon who assists kidnapping victims and a politician whose income relies on a frog farm.
Several stories are told simultaneously: a frog farm in northern Brasil launders money for a corrupt politician; a young woman who was kidnapped for ransom talks about her ordeal; a plastic surgeon discusses then demonstrates how to reconstruct a severed ear; a young business man has his cars armored and takes a course in evasive driving; a policeman in Sao Paulo's anti-kidnapping squad discusses his work; a civil engineer, the attorney general, and a district attorney describe their anti-corruption efforts. Violence and corruption is Brasil: the object is money. Written by
The filmmakers struggled to find a kidnapper to film after the bribes to get into the prison where their preferred interviewee was staying proved too steep. The driver of a cab they used one day delivered "packages" on the side for a kidnapper, and introduced them to the masked man interviewed extensively in the film. Director Jason Kohn also was at the kidnapper's home when police stopped by and walked around the outside, the one moment of filming he said he feared for his life. See more »
I felt there was way too much sound in the film, too much assiduous stuffing of Brazilian beats into every nook and cranny. Nice to hear some of that music but please. The mix was weird, the music too loud with the voices, and when the music was by itself it was cranked up ridiculously high.
Really disliked the practice of having the audience sit through the foreign language dialog then here a translator sitting there deliver a translation, usually off camera.
I couldn't' help thinking about how the figure of 2 billion stolen compares with the 3 trillion spent on Iraq, most of it going into private hands with more mercenaries on the ground in Iraq than US troops. In some respects things are so much worse here.
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