Someone needs to invent a word for this special genre of whitewashed revisionism where the "good" white colonist is positioned as the tragic hero of a drama in which he struggles against the "bad" white colonists, but still manages to fuck the natives along the way.
A beautifully filmed story based on the true-life expedition lead by the Villa Boas brothers. Everything is very solid about this film: the acting, the direction, the cinematography and, of course, the story itself. It's all completely engaging. Also, I was completely unaware of this particular piece of history and it was fascinating to watch yet another country battle against its own colonialism. Great film.
This is shot nicely and has expansive nature. 1 star. The brothers are likeable and you keep being interested in them. The subject is the jungle exploration using relative to the age themes. The indians were likeable and had a personality. The film story for me was good. It was logical but didn't go overboard with fake drama. I have traveled the area so I thought this was a good portrayal.
The narrative arc of this story propels it forward, and gorgeous cinematography paints a completely believable picture of the unspoiled wilderness of the Amazon rainforest before it began to be "developed." However, clumsy storytelling — especially at key dramatic moments in the brothers' lives — cause this film to feel more like a so-so bio flick and less like a true epic.
Xingu is the true story of the Villas Boas brothers who decide the only real happiness for them is to be in the great outdoors, going where no man has gone before. The story follows them as they encounter indigenous people in Brazil and try to help them create a land of their own, despite the "white-man" opposition. It is a story of trial and desire, success and depravity. Come for the adventure, stay for the fight.
Xingu follows three brothers who strive for adventure. They set out into Central Brazil to seek out the unknown. The film shows remarkable scenes of nature. I was not expecting to find an inspirational movie going into this film, but was pleasantly surprised. This movie is inspirational, has an amazing story and fantastic views of nature that unless traveled to could not be found in everyday life.
Xingu walks the line between an epic and a documentary, leaving reality to the viewers discretion. With as many inspiring moments as disheartening moments, this journey into the heart of a native tribe to go where no has gone before also peaks a little into the tendencies of human nature, the struggle for power and control. Though told in a jerky way, the film still captures an old world sense of whimsy and adventure
"XINGU" is an extraordinary example of the power of personal compassion, persistence, and commitment to do something positive for indigenous peoples . . . reminding me of land-grabbing in Tanzania today of over 1,500 km2 of grazing land belonging to the Massai villages per Village Land Act 1999 and now wanted by the hunters from Dubai known as OBC. http://termitemoundview.blogspot.co.ke/
Xingu, a true story, follows the Orlando brothers contact in the mid 1940's with the isolated native tribes of Brazil and their later establishment of the Xingu national park. It's a tale of ignorance and the often devastating results of that desire to be the first. The story of indigenous dispossession is unfortunately all too familiar today but no less important. My only query..why not a documentary? 3 stars