Oof. This felt like an experimental play shot as a film with perhaps a touch of Pedro Costa. I definitely should be in a better headspace for this (in a theater, where i can truly focus on this) but I also would agree that this could have been a short. It was truly aggravating to hear those audio clips again.
Never finished it, tried twice... with so many amazing films out there, why do I have to watch this guy lightening every cigarrette he smokes? I'm surely missing something deep ... but as long as I keep missing it, that's fine, other deep interesting views, issues, feelings, to explore. I like the woman character... and it's an interesting departure, but.
A film that makes the most of its lo-fi trimmings to use a sci-fi lens to explore modern day Brazil, this is an imperfect, but fascinating, work of art. Highly recommended to those who want some wit, wonderfully odd visuals, and a good helping of social commentary.
My favorite moment was when the crashed spaceship (Terry Gilliam crossed with THE AMERICAN ASTRONAUT) gave birth to the hero, but there was too much that was either cryptic to me (what was that terrific pop song that played in its entirety?) or just immobility while listening to playback of political speeches. Lots of opportunities missed to condense and intensify the information we were given.
Si vas a renunciar a convenciones narrativas tienes que proponer algo a cambio. Por lo menos, algo menos elusivo para el público. En algún lugar de la película hay una alegoría política, esto está claro, lo que no lo está es el sentido de la misa. Quizás esa sea su principal falla o acierto, no lo sé. Es el tipo de peli que te deja con la duda que si viste algo genial o algo ridículo.
2.5 Tiene una premisa maravillosa, me encanta su estética de Sci-Fi Lo-Fi serie Z y me gusta cómo fusiona la historia política de Brazil con una trama futurista sobre un asesino del espacio exterior. Pero me pareció profundamente aburrida, con escenas prolongadas innecesariamente y una trama que pierde el rumbo. Un desperdicio de los aspectos buenos y una decepción, al menos para mi persona.
I found, as a non-Brazilian, the screenplay more difficult to follow once the "spaceship" crash-landed. It gave every indication of being a low budget production (the cost of cigarettes probably being the biggest outlay) which is not a criticism as it was certainly able to establish the intended dark and oppressive atmosphere very well.
I'm not the first to draw a connection between BACURAU and ERMA UMA VEZ. If the much higher profile film by Mendonça Filho & co. borrows from John Carpenter, Queirós combines a bit of Coffin Joe w/ precedent the likes of SPACE IS THE PLACE & BROTHER FROM ANOTHER PLANET. Afrofuturism as a mode resonates w/ Roland Barthes' assertion that in order to escape the present moment sometimes you have to escape ahead of it.
Can't quite give this 2 stars since it was clearly an earnest effort and is not outright bad. However, as the other reviews say, unless you're from Brazil or deeply interested in its history, you are probably not going to like this. Very slow, with little action. Everything is set at night. And why does one character spend half the movie getting to Earth in his space-junker? What is the point of those scenes?
La prueba fehaciente de que para contar buenas historias sólo se necesita un poco de imaginación, un buen montaje y el sonido hace el resto por ti! Robustos, poderosos y aterrorizantes truenos caen sobre Brasilia. La ciudad se enfrenta en la oscuridad y la noche a los eternos males que aquejan a los países latinoamericanas: la corrupción, el olvido y la impunidad. Una historia de otro mundo para crear conciencia!
I have a feeling that I would completely understand the movie if i was born in Brasil and familiar with political history of Brasil. I agree with the comment that movie has something keeps you stuck on your coach till it ends and you cant leave it without finishing.
Impenetrable to anyone without a firm understanding of 20th Century Brazilian politics, though I can appreciate a film that is not "made for me". Rather it is the overlong shots lingering on awkward and low-budget sets prevented me from appreciating the aesthetic of the film. The brisk 99 minute runtime could easily have been chopped in half and I'd dare to say it would have been better for it.