Outsider Pictures | Release Date: November 13, 2020
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Brent_MarchantNov 25, 2020
In a Brazil of the near future in which fundamentalist Christianity has insidiously ingratiated itself into what is still a supposedly secular state, elements of the church and its ideology have intrusively invaded virtually every aspect ofIn a Brazil of the near future in which fundamentalist Christianity has insidiously ingratiated itself into what is still a supposedly secular state, elements of the church and its ideology have intrusively invaded virtually every aspect of everyday life, affecting the rights of everyone, including non-believing "infidels." A society that has welcomed ecclesiastical discos and drive-through pastoral advice centers into its midst has also become one tinged with the faith's contemporary bureaucracy and beliefs about blasphemy. It's also one in which unbridled sexuality has been hypocritically rationalized into existence as part of its alleged sacred doctrines. But what happens when those "values" become toppled by unexpected and seemingly miraculous events that don't jibe with its dogma? That's what director Gabriel Mascaro's wickedly biting satire exposes, a humorous but stern cautionary tale of what can happen when religious conformity threatens to become so pervasive that it presents a clear and present danger to a nation's citizenry. As is the case with many of Mascaro's films, this offering includes a number of protracted and explicit sex sequences, so sensitive viewers be warned, but their inclusion is all part of the phony piety that goes into the rituals, practices and beliefs of a faith-based movement that essentially rings hollow and deserves to be exposed as such. Expand
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bertobellamyMar 28, 2021
Gabriel Mascaro's new film is a letdown. I mean, the setting is intriguing: a future Brazil where religion has integrated into people's lives in some dangerous and unexpected ways. The film's problem is the twist involving the main character;Gabriel Mascaro's new film is a letdown. I mean, the setting is intriguing: a future Brazil where religion has integrated into people's lives in some dangerous and unexpected ways. The film's problem is the twist involving the main character; this is supposed to be a satire, but I'm not sure if we can understand it as such by the end. You'll know why when you get to that point. But kudos for the excellent cinematography by the great Diego García: the new Mexican marvel in film. Expand
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tibzoidMar 27, 2021
This movie is hypnotic. To be sure, you have to be in the right mood to watch it, but don’t pass it up or dismiss it. I’m still thinking about it. The imagery, the music, the emotion — wow.
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