In the 1930’s, in the South of State of Bahia, Brazil, an adventurer with no name or history, who had already been shot 7 times, gets involved in the battle for land and cacao plantations. His plan is to take the place of “Colonel” Santana, taking his wife and money.
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Baroque formalist excess overwhelms this sanguinary "shakespearean sertanejo" tragedy which thematizes the irrational failure of revolutionary action in the post-'64 era. Feral performances by the Brechtian actors Othon Bastos and Dina Sfat are exquisitely shot by Lutfi. Guerra closely follows the parameters of glauberian epic-didactic cinema, but his direction feels weighed down and stale in comparison.