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Xingu is definitively a great movie. Its storyline is based on the
exploration, definition and protection of one of the world's largest
indigenous territories. The most relevant aspect, however, is that the
movie tells a story about the possibilities of comprehension between
two radically different civilizations. The meeting can provoke
annihilation through disease and violence, but can also mean
enlightenment through cultural exchanges.
The three Villasbôas brothers start their quest as young, urban men who are looking for an adventure in the Brazilian hinterland. Adding to the discovery of natural wonders, they end up finding a cause worth defending. But the challenges are vastly overwhelming.
People will probably find out that the technical aspects of the movie are also very competently handled. Good script, nice photography and a very good camera direction. It's a must see for anyone interested in a great film with an unconventional perspective of a relevant Brazilian historical episode.
If you get a chance to see this film (especially on the big screen), take it. You will enjoy an amazing story of three brothers who explore some of the rainforests in Amazonian Brazil, and interact with the locals living there in ways that are unexpected. We found the subtitling in Australia to be especially good for most of the film, and certainly had to concentrate on the unfolding story. This story heads off in unusual (but relevant) directions quite frequently, and the effect of this is to wonder what will happen next. The impacts of different tribes of the native peoples, and the "whites" both in the forests and back in the cities make for quite a tense viewing. The only weakness I found was the last 15 minutes or so, when the clarity of the film's story wandered, and I found it a little disjointed. However, this is a fantastic yarn, with a most satisfying (and somewhat ominous) conclusion.
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