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4.0
210 Ratings

Bacurau

Brazil, France, 2019
Drama, Thriller

Synopsis

Teresa comes home to her matriarchal village in a near-future Brazil to find that its citizens have been sold as prey to bloodthirsty foreign hunters.

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If there is deliberate ugliness in Bacurau, it comes mostly from the invaders’ vicious assault. Yet there is also staggering beauty in the place.
May 21, 2019
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Bacurau’s violence is a combination of fear and absurdity. The situation it creates is patently ridiculous and makes this silliness obvious—yet its results, seen in the gruesome bloodshed, is no less affecting. It is satire and terror in one, an ungainly mix that may not fully work, but I’m not sure it has to. It just has to communicate that something is very, very wrong.
May 17, 2019
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Although many of the finer points were lost on me–the narrative is charged with a wealth of cultural allusions and historical references unlikely to be picked up on by non-Brazilian viewers–this lack of context didn’t at all diminish my enjoyment of the film. In fact, it only fed into the confusion that is essential to the narrative’s construction.
May 17, 2019
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What are people saying?

  • HenriqueA's rating of the film Bacurau

    3.5 - I loved the sound design and some of the most deranged ittle details, but the fucking drone and the fucking american characters were the worst. THE WORST, even for a B-Movie like this. I feel like the brazilian actors were spread too thin and although it made the towm feel like a living, breathing community, a lot of those characters could've been better developed. especially the awesome Lunga.

  • Tigrão's rating of the film Bacurau

    CANNES '19 Review: a strange object, hard to pin into a specific category. Part social drama, part political pamphlet, part dark comedy, part action slasher. "Bacurau" is definitely a must-see, but its strangeness might put off some viewers.

  • Jorge Mourinha's rating of the film Bacurau

    The most dangerous game: a playful, dystopian post-neo-tropicalist-Glauberian-Carpenterian western-ethnographic-thriller about colonial cannibalism vs community power. Vital 21st century filmmaking.

  • Jérémy Poirier's rating of the film Bacurau

    FNC / MTL / 2019 / Entry 5: What an original, wild and relevant cinematic work. An exuberant blend of thriller, horror, sci-fi, comedy build inside a timely tarantinoesque, carpenteresque social critique touching water crisis, white supremacy, identity, history, ethnic cleansing... That ending just makes the whole film's purpose. That being said, its very messy as a whole and the tone is inconsistent at times. 3.5.

  • Jason's rating of the film Bacurau

    BACURAU is, like, instantaneously legendary. The last three people on earth will be discussing it around the fire. Them genre faves are referenced. USA(izized) critics are quick to aver that Bacurau's school, named for one João Carpinteiro, nods to John Carpenter. For sure. Plus, though: Alejo Carpentier? Themes specific to Latin America, but ... humanity in general ain't never had much aptitude for unfucking itself.

  • Louis Robert's rating of the film Bacurau

    It’s not perfect, coming with some cringe factors, but it’s a super interesting and refreshing perspective. The community built with all these characters makes the whole movie. Violence, sex and even humour always come at the most surprising times.

  • VincentVendetta's rating of the film Bacurau

    The influence of John Carpenter is little more than a red hearing, as the movie has none of his narrative or stylistic focus, and takes its sweet time getting to the action. The true goal of Bacurau, through its bloody genre exercise and renewal of Cinema Novo, is to explode and rectify the repressed rebellions of the past, either suffered by Brazilian people or suppressed by American troops.

  • Renton47's rating of the film Bacurau

    Undoubtedly Bacurau is a messy movie, and it takes a while to reveal that the messiness is a part of its thesis. The perverse richness of ideas and tones on display are in point a celebration of culture, particularly in opposition to an imperialist culture which would litter the same film with tidy resolutions and satisfying headshots (though, you know). Seeing the cinemascope on a big screen is a must!

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