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132 Ratings

Good Manners

As Boas Maneiras

Directed by Marco Dutra, Juliana Rojas
Brazil, 2017
Fantasy, Horror


Clara, a lonely nurse from the outskirts of São Paulo, is hired by mysterious and wealthy Ana as the nanny for her unborn child. The two women develop a strong bond, but a fateful night changes their plans.

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Good Manners Directed by Marco Dutra, Juliana Rojas
Suffice it to say that the highly original story is just one of the achievements of Good Manners. The film is one of the most distinctive looking I’ve seen in some time.
September 13, 2018
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The trouble is that though co-directors Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra are bold to derail what initially seems like yet another cinematic instrumentalization of Brazilian class-racial relations, they’re unable to subvert one of Brazilian cinema’s worst stylistic habits: a certain mix of stiff soap operatic acting and formulaic Hollywood mise-en-scène that’s devoid of structural experimentation.
July 27, 2018
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Wondrously weird and a skosh too long. . . . Swerving from predictable to confounding, dreamy to demented, artful to awkward, this genre-twisting hybrid from Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra links art house and slaughterhouse with unexpected success. When you drop a werewolf child into a lesbian love affair, you don’t need musical numbers to grasp that you’re watching something unique.
July 26, 2018
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