Brazil/France, 2019, 131 min, 2K DCP, Dir. Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles, Not rated but unsuitable for children, Portuguese with English subtitles, Kino Lorber
“Wittily set at the intersection of the arthouse and the grindhouse - personified by Sonia Braga and Udo Kier - Bacurau becomes a heart-thumping political allegory that tips its hat to masters like John Carpenter.” – Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
A backcountry Brazilian town finds its day-to-day disturbed when its inhabitants become the targets of a group of armed mercenaries. But the perpetrators of this class-warfare may have met their match in the resourceful denizens of Bacurau. The new film by Kleber Mendonca Filho (Aquarius) reunites him with Sonia Braga (Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands) and production designer Juliano Dornelles. This wild shape-shifter shares with Aquarius the exhilaration of witnessing society’s forgotten and marginalized standing up for themselves by any means necessary. With references to the fearless genre works of John Carpenter, George Miller and Sergio Leone, Bacurau, winner of the Jury Prize at Cannes, is a vividly angry power-to-the-people fable like no other.
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