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New Brazilian Cinema
1,033 Ratings

Good Manners

As Boas Maneiras

Directed by Marco Dutra, Juliana Rojas
Brazil, France, 2017
Fantasy, Horror, LGBTQ+
New Brazilian Cinema


Set in São Paulo, the film follows Clara, a lonely nurse from the outskirts of the city who is hired by mysterious and wealthy Ana to be the nanny of her soon to be born child. Against all odds, the two women develop a strong bond. But a fateful night marked by a full moon changes their plans.

Our take

Springing from an urban legend, this ferociously inventive Brazilian “creature feature” combines sharp social observation and lesbian desire with unsettling fantasy elements. Winner of the Special Jury Prize at Locarno, Good Manners is a visually exciting and boundary-pushing gem of genre cinema.

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Suffice it to say that the highly original story is just one of the achievements of Good Manners. The film is one of the most distinctive looking I’ve seen in some time.
September 13, 2018
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Wondrously weird and a skosh too long. . . . Swerving from predictable to confounding, dreamy to demented, artful to awkward, this genre-twisting hybrid from Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra links art house and slaughterhouse with unexpected success.
July 26, 2018
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If The Guilty doubles down on genre, distilling the thriller into a highly concentrated form, Good Manners goes audaciously in the opposite direction. Even as Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra’s rollicking second feature revels in the classic tropes of horror and fantasy, it bends them into other genres with a freewheeling playfulness.
March 28, 2018
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