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70 Ratings



Brazil, 2017


In an old aluminium factory in Ouro Preto, a young man finds the diary of a worker who died in an accident. Reminiscent of the way Westerns use anonymous drifters, driven by survival instinct, as the story’s hero, Arábia focuses in on the life of a marginalised worker in contemporary Brazil.

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Araby Directed by Affonso Uchoa, João Dumans
Many filmmakers adapt books, but relatively few make movies that actually feel like books—that is, they achieve the sort of patience and interiority that come with reading. Judging from their second feature, Araby (which screens this week at the Film Center), Brazilian writer-directors João Dumans and Affonso Uchoa belong to this select group.
August 16, 2018
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Presenting popular songs as collective memory and union organization as a toehold on hope, the filmmakers dramatize, thinly but ardently, the rise of self-consciousness, of a revolution in the soul that hints at political action.
June 29, 2018
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It has memorable, even quirky characters (such as Cristiano’s friend, Luizinho, who bums off on the job and hates arugula), and a strong, at times almost monumentally epic composition. More importantly, it has a distinct pulse, a mix of quicker vernacular with loftier phrasing, punctuated by a varied musical score—an enjambment of rock and Brazil’s popular tunes, traversing registers, high and low.
June 26, 2018
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