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169 Ratings

Casa Grande

Directed by Fellipe Barbosa
Brazil, 2014


Jean is growing up in the elite district of Rio, with its private schools, drivers and housekeepers. While he tries to escape from his over-protective parents, they keep their approaching bankruptcy secret…

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Casa Grande Directed by Fellipe Barbosa
…These scenes may shock American audiences, or make them chuckle, but for Brazilians they amount to the most obvious rehashing of stereotypes. The real scandal may thus not be the collective white privilege that the film exposes, but the way it uses its critique as a means to woo the legitimizing gaze of international audiences.
November 11, 2015
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Cinematographer Pedro Sotero brings the same lucid precision as he did to Kleber Mendonça Filho’s Neighboring Sounds, turning the hollow-feeling casa grande into a character, and showing equal skill at opening up the poor neighborhoods Jean comes to explore. This isn’t the first Latin American drama to follow a rich family on a downward spiral, but the eloquent visuals, strong central performance, and empathetic humor push it to the forefront.
November 04, 2015
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Casa Grande follow the path opened by Kleber Mendonça Filho’s Neighboring Sounds: it is an arrogant and resentful work disguised as sociological essay made by an individual that, coming from the exact place where the film takes place, intents to attack by all means the place where he was born, grew up and lives today. Not satisfied, the film also attacks the people who are from there, too. And for Barbosa there is an aggravating: one of his targets is his own family.
August 14, 2015
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