Brazil 1821. A rich cattle herder finds out that his wife dies in labor. Forced to live in the property with numerous African slaves, he marries his wife's niece. But he returns to droving, leaving his wife behind alone with the slaves.
Diamantina Mountains, Brazil, 1821. A slave trader, ANTONIO, returns to the decadent, but imposing farmhouse he inherited to discover his wife has died in child birth. Confined to this desolate property in the company of his demented mother-in-law and numerous slaves, he marries his dead wife's niece, BEATRIZ, a child of 12. A restless soul, he returns to his trading expeditions, and leaves his child wife behind. The loneliness of the big house in the rugged landscape mirrors that of its inhabitants. Each one has been displaced from his original home and forced into co-existence. The undercurrents of violence and prejudice, which still plague the Brazil of today, accelerate the inevitable tragedy which, in turn, heralds the tides of change.Written by
Those who can will understand the phrase of what troubling the water means and why...
This is a slow rolling tsunami of a story that few will be able to fully appreciate, relate to, understand or even want to. It's obviously not for just anybody's senses or general sensibilities who have no relative interest or insights to what colonialism, slavery, suffrage and persecution looked and felt like in that era. Hard to imagine the domination of one human being over another's that's meant to build a pathway for a proper lifestyle to a higher existence while effectively dousing another human being's hope's and dreams of something similar.
This movie is laced with a cluster of nuances, and undercurrents of things unsaid, lost expectations, racism, white man's mentality and child lust. The world is full of wonderment in the eyes of youth, no matter their different circumstances. Yet loss plays a central part in this story from husband to widower and slave owner at the cost of many. You can feel their breath is palpable and inhaling things they can't fully comprehend like disillusionment, disconnectedness, fear, aloneness.
Vazante doesn't shout out at you nor does it whisper of things that can arrive to bend and break you. It's a sad, heartbreakingly provocative story that is still being explored, re-written and acted out badly in various ways everywhere.
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