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Ratings & Reviews

  1. nica's rating of the film Once There Was Brasilia

    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.

  2. Giulio Base's rating of the film Once There Was Brasilia

    Not an easy work to follow but at least the director has the strength to maintain his static style from the beginning to the end.

  3. Gabriela's rating of the film Once There Was Brasilia

    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.

  4. Robin Ekariski's rating of the film Once There Was Brasilia

    The long scenes can dried the film out, but Once There Was Brasilia still impressively work because it takes on an immersive and complicated subjects with a minimalist approach.

  5. adugobiri's rating of the film Once There Was Brasilia

    Etnografía futurista? Sí! Performance ritual intergaláctica. Alphaville en rebelión!

  6. Kevin Matthews's rating of the film Once There Was Brasilia

    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.

  7. David Crandall's rating of the film Once There Was Brasilia

    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.

  8. Luis Eduardo Flores de la Torre's rating of the film Once There Was Brasilia

    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.

  9. Pok's rating of the film Once There Was Brasilia

    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.

  10. tubbssw's rating of the film Once There Was Brasilia

    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.

  11. Juan's rating of the film Once There Was Brasilia

  12. Jason's rating of the film Once There Was Brasilia

    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.

  13. RHPC's rating of the film Once There Was Brasilia

    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?

  14. Camilo Alberto Cárdenas Poveda's rating of the film Once There Was Brasilia

    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!

  15. challenger's rating of the film Once There Was Brasilia

    I had to give 1 star since there is no 0 star option. One of the worst movies I ever watched. But it could be worse, could last for 2 hours or more.

  16. MarkF's rating of the film Once There Was Brasilia

    Didn't quite live up to the hype

  17. Syah Epul's rating of the film Once There Was Brasilia

    Macam mana nak tengok babi

  18. Mauro's rating of the film Once There Was Brasilia

    No entendí un choto. Demasiados tiempos muertos que te dejan el ritmo por el piso. Y paren de fumar un poco, bo. Casi toda la película fumando, casi me da un tumór.

  19. ozturk.baris's rating of the film Once There Was Brasilia

    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.

  20. mateo.santamaria69's rating of the film Once There Was Brasilia

    Fuman toda la película porque el director no sabe qué más ponerlos a hacer. La peor película que he visto en mi vida.

  21. Jimmy James's rating of the film Once There Was Brasilia

    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.

  22. Albetto's rating of the film Once There Was Brasilia

    Buen ensayo entre la realidad y la ficción, utilizando esa voz en off que nos remite a la gran mayoría de países latinoamericanos que siguen en la búsqueda del bienestar y progreso. Un sci-fi que te invita a la reflexión.

  23. Ed's rating of the film Once There Was Brasilia

    Starts off intriguingly and it's a great concept, but my word it's boring. Felt like a Beckett-esque exercise in inducing ennui. Maybe that was the point.

  24. Andrés Felipe Ardila Ardila's rating of the film Once There Was Brasilia

    Un cine para hablar de él, un paisaje imaginario y su simplicidad. Película sobre un juego que se toma muy en serio, porque todo este teatro de la vida píblica es sobre el futuro.

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