Una fiaba al femminile a cavallo tra horror e fantasy ma coi piedi ben piantati per terra, ambientata in un Brasile dalle mille contraddizioni, in una San Paolo dove i quartieri avveniristici, ricchi e altolocati e i rioni poveri e claustrofobici sono divisi da un fiume. Intermezzi musicali spiazzanti e folgoranti, un flashback animato che lascia il segno e un finale che ammutolisce e colpisce al cuore.
4.5 Desde que vi Trabalhar cansa tuve ganas de ver esta película. Al igual que en ella, los directores mezclan una atmósfera de horror con una alegoría social, aunque aquí agregan un toque de fantasía oscura e incluso de musical. En una sociedad dividida por géneros, clases sociales y colores de piel, debemos aceptar nuestra naturaleza (por difícil que sea) para hacer frente al mundo (aunque el futuro sea incierto).
This is like a Grimm's type fairytale in a lot of the imagery. It goes beyond horror, blending elements of fantasy, magical realism, surrealism and myth, motifs of transformation, motherhood and class, with transgressive story details. Musical interludes practically conjure up a Disney movie (Coco?) The cast is amazing. Young Miguel Lobo (wolfboy) has a face made for movies. It's a crazy quilt that hits its mark.
The 'creature', a term that is commonly used in films and literature to describe unknown or unexplained beings is introduced in what could be considered a non conventional way. Drawing on the myth of the werewolf and moon phases Good Manners is an interesting twist on the classic tale of this urban myth. It's great to see a fantasy, horror film directed and produced by a woman.
Thoroughly enjoyed the social twister of a tale, even with the unmanageable outspring focussed second half. Popular, handsome little boy with a twist. Momma kept her secret skillfully but the child thwarted her idea of moving to safety when he had accidentally ingested his friend. Friend is taken home on request at their own peril, kind of film. One imagines the werewolf bashers got into the little room in the end.
A different kind of werewolf tale that is a melting pot of genres. The first hour is a tender story of both class divide and lesbian attraction that only hints at the supernatural. After a grand guignol transistion the second half is a tale of motherhood, secrets and nocturnal howling. It doesn't always gel into a cohesive whole but its certainly worth experiencing.
Apparently inspired by an urban legend, Dutra and Rojas have made something that feels very much steeped in the spirit of Brazil, yet also brings to the fore some themes and moments universally recognisable to all. There are times when this could all too easily be seen as something silly, or at least something tonally inconsistent, but Dutra and Rojas are savvy in keeping the focus on the leads.
Werewolves lie a distant third behind zombies and vampires in the horror stakes, and Good Manners goes some way to enlivening this fairly dated genre, including a lesbian slant and a (slightly jarring) two-act structure. There are some clever ideas and a genuinely shocking mid-film scare, but other aspects of the film handled with kid gloves, esp. the issues of race and class underlying Ana and Clara's relationship.
A film of two halves. The first is the prehistory and could have been shortened drastically. The second is a traditional werewolf tale complete with villagers carrying torches. The contrast between an erotically charged lesbian love story and something almost Hammer is strange, especially when you add in the musical interludes (no jazz hands, sadly). It's a curiosity and a must-see if you're a fan of werewolf films.
Cuestiona el origen y la originalidad asociada a narrativas que por el desarrollo hegemónico de la industria del cine, han sido ligadas a marcas como Disney. Aunque la obra descansa precisamente en el anterior modelo, aspectos entrecruzados como la fantasía, lo gore, el terror, la crítica social y hasta el musical sitúan esta obra desde su propia geografía latina, sin evocar lo falso o lo mal armado.
Usually a film of this length is a mistake, but Good Manners keeps going throughout with weird and wonderful plot twists and even genre changes. If you want to enjoy this one, don't read any reviews. This is a film that is a joy to watch and listen to until the very end.
A very positive 3 stars. The first half is wonderful; the second less so but overall it still manages to pull off a tricky amalgam of styles and genres with an understanding and tenderness for otherness that would get right up the nose, lycanthropic or otherwise, of the current 'government' in Brasil. Which can only be a very good thing.
RAWSMARY's BABY... From desire to tears. From MULHOLLAND DRIVE to WEREWOLF IN LONDON. Juliana & Marco make us experience all the emotions in this love story of 2 women, turning over the years into a desperate fight for existence. Fantastic ! === Du désir aux larmes. De LYNCH à LANDIS. Juliana & Marco font battre notre cœur pour l'amour de ces 2 femmes, devenant au fil des années un combat désespéré pour l'existence.
Одновременно лесбийский романс и готическая сказка про оборотней, которая исследует темы беременности и материнства, умело выворачивая их в неожиданно сюрреалистичном ключе (в духе Гильермо Дель Торро), отдающем дань классике и при этом обладая очень современным, деликатным, феминистичным шармом, но по большей части только в первой половине фильма.