Mauricio do Valle reprises his role as Antonio das Mortes, the troubled hitman from Black God, White Devil. A new incarnation of Cangaceiro bandits, led by Coirana (Loirival Pariz), has risen in the sertão. A blind landowner (Joffre Soares) hires Antonio to wipe out his old nemesis.
The film unfolds like a religious sacrament or better yet a blood sacrifice set to folk song calling for a revolution. The bulk of the film Rocha utilizes color and staging to turn individual shots into into religious paintings composing his characters like icons. These ideals are almost systematically crushed and martyred when the characters struggle for power turns into a mini apocalypse. Masterpiece.
A deeply tourmoiled metaphysical western in the veign of Jodorwsky's El Topo ('70), yet so different; both so amazing. Great also to finally see a movie which can fit Pierre Boulez so well into it's soundtrack!