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Brazil does a great job of showing how in the future the government can be very oppressive over its constituents. Throughout the film many lives are drastically changed for the worst because of some government mishap. Sam Lowry dreams about freedom and love but the government causes many obstacles. Terry Gilliam's Brazil shows how an oppressive government full of flaws can shatter someone's dreams.
Sam Lowry is presented as a lonely man who must succumb to dreams in order to fulfill his loneliness and need for recognition. The first time we are introduced to Sam he is seen dreaming about flying over the clouds in an angelic suit heading over to kiss a woman. However, when he wakes up we can see that Sam lives alone and works for the government. Sam tries to find out more about the woman of his dreams, even if it requires going behind his boss' back. Unfortunately, Gill; the woman of his dreams tries to avoid him because of her criminal record. Sam's purpose throughout the whole film is to get in touch with Gill and escape with her after he sees all the government flaws. As Sam and Gill are ready to escape and finally make Sam's dream a reality, the government breaks in, kills Gill and takes Sam prisoner.
Throughout the film, the Government is shown as Sam's opposing force.. The government constantly tells Sam he must follow regulation and keep up with all the paperwork. As Sam ascends his position as a government employee, he starts to notice how the other government employees are twisted and how they are not what he expected. Once Sam tries to escape with the woman of his dreams the government breaks in and shatters all of Sam's hopes and dreams.