comtemporary films that attempt to entangle viewers using a diverse mixture of genre, driven by a mysterious atrocity running through remote community and simultaneously emphasizing its geographical personality, i found Dumont's Li'l Quinquin a better one in every way
A senseless orgy of violence with traces of barely any meaning. The film pitches a nondescript group of whites with guns against a post-racial, idyllic community. Bloodshed ensues as no rationale for anything is ever presented. How the reviewers saw a progressive or subversive message in this film that is little more than a sequence of badly filmed shoot-outs is beyond me. We deserve better takes on colonialism.
'Bacurau' didn't pick up the central character of the movie. Started with the death of their matriarch and slowly opens to the other problems in the region. Bacurau is the clear cut answer to the current right-wing government in brazil which is exploiting the natural resources and taking back the rights of indigenous people. It's also touched upon the hegemony of westerns and colonial teachnqies to evacuate the town
It begins as a Brazilian social drama, but gradually morphs into a violent, gory grind-house experience. The world-building was done beautifully, every character had a memorable outcome and the climax was heart-pounding, yet cathartic. Bacurau has certainly made a mark on my memory.
The disappearing town. The community that defends itself. The missing water. The film is a clever mix of genres. Blood-tinged political cinema. Gal Costa sounds. "Too much violence," says the most violent character. John Carpenter sounds. A dystopian western more complex than "Westworld". The strangers scenes are unbalanced. The colonization of the disadvantaged. The death is a spaghetti western. "Se for, vá na paz".
3.5. Really interesting film, best to watch without reading anything about it. Lovely landscapes, well shot, some good performances (not the majority of the foreigners, unfortunately), and interesting tonal and musical shifts. Quite a lot of political satire, which I didn’t understand all of, with lots of it landing nicely.
A high tech "western" set in the arid Brazilian mountains. A violent, satirical, moving and fundamentally human call for unity and togetherness. An outcry for human dignity, love and peace and a striking analogy for South American colonialism. Takes what Monos did so well in terms of shock factor and stunning cinematic style and adds to it true heart and humanity. Fucking phenomenal and truly unique.
bacurau clearly has a very big political resonance for those living in brazil, and while, to be honest, i felt like i was missing some of the deeper meaning because i know very little about brazillian politics, the success of the film is that you don't need to know any of this context