Brazil is a nation where political and economic corruption and violent crime are a way of life for many, and filmmaker Jason Kohn examines some of the more unusual ways they manifest themselves in this documentary.
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As a Brazilian-American I'm a little torn. On one hand this film lacks context. The characters lack depth and context, leading to a caricatured viewpoint that may reinforce stereotypes. On the other hand, the characters and stories are just damn interesting even without deep exploration. Also, since I speak portuguese, the dialogue format could not have been more perfect. Is it Brasploitation? I'm not sure.
The level of style in this film is so thick and so cleverly mounted. Imagine if early Peter Yates and Errol Morris got together and made a cinematic doc. Beautiful cinematography, steady drift; one of the top 10 greatest documentaries ever made.
This movie was banned in Brazil due to the influence of one of the subjects more heavily criticized in the movie.
Great documentary! You can see Errol Morris' influence (the director worked with him). Some parts of the movie feel like a narrative film. shot in 35mm for a more cinematic feel.