Brazil, Portugal | 2017 | Daniela Thomas
A widowed Portuguese settler who owns a failing estate in colonial 1821 Brazil takes a 12-year-old bride, removing her from her family. Left mostly alone at her husband’s remote, rugged farmhouse, the girl finds solace and companionship in the similarly displaced and oppressed African slaves around her. But by associating with them, she crosses a barrier that is not to be breached. The first solo directorial outing by frequent Walter Salles collaborator Daniela Thomas is a visually and sonically striking slow-burn drama that explores the fraught intersection of feminism, colonialism, and race. “A hushed opera that builds to a shattering climax.” –Hollywood Reporter. Subtitles. DCP. 116 min.
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