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837 Ratings

Let It Burn

Diz a ela que me viu chorar

Directed by Maíra Bühler
Brazil, 2019


The Dom Pedro hostel in São Paulo houses 107 homeless residents from marginalized communities, many of whom are struggling with the ever-present threat of eviction. With their own personal stories full of loneliness and heartbreak, these are individuals who nevertheless fight for life in solidarity.

Our take

This tender portrait of drug users residing in a hostel-turned-social housing project is a tough yet hopeful act of cinematic communion. Deeply devoted to its subjects, but also providing space to bring them closer to each other, Let It Burn absorbs great emotion, culminating in musical release.

Let It Burn Directed by Maíra Bühler

Critics reviews

Filmed in warm, diffused 16mm, with a forest dreaminess à la Apichatpong Weerasethakul, The Dead and the Others is, on one hand, a lushly told ghost story, with woodsy shadows and shimmering-river reflections, and on the other, an achy coming-of-age drama, with flavors particular to that liminal terrain, where popular culture and Indigenous mythology meet.
July 01, 2020
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