Brazil, 2019, 101 min, Dir. Gabriel Mascaro, Not Rated, Portuguese with English subtitles, Outsider Pictures
“The new age of Brazilian protest cinema begins here.” —Guy Lodge, Variety
"Shocking, wonderfully acted and surprisingly erotic." —Tomris Laffly, RogerEbert.com
It’s the year 2027 in this dystopian, fluorescent sci-fi story of Joana (Brazilian star Dira Paes), who uses her bureaucratic job to convince divorcing couples to stay together. Her secret weapon is Divine Love, an evangelical cult she belongs to that mixes in a little swinging and group fun into its more traditional prayers and services. Joana herself can’t seem to get pregnant by her own husband, but in an attempt to save her own marriage, she prays regularly at a very unusual religious drive-in, looking for a miracle to help her conceive. Divine Love is an amped up, erotic and witty take on a future full of dance parties, ritualistic orgies, cults and fundamentalist Christianity, and a critique of today’s right-wing Brazilian government.
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