Property

Property (Propriedade) (2022) at Make Believe 2024

Property (Propriedade) screened at Make Believe Seattle 2024 Writer/director Daniel Bandeira’s Property (Propriedade) opens with an onlooker’s phone footage, immediately setting the film in a realist mode, literally at street level. A man stands behind a woman with his arm locked around her neck, and a gun pointed at her head. He is demanding a…

Only When I Dance

Only When I Dance (2009)

Only When I Dance first published by S&S, Feb 2010 Review: As 17-year-old Irlan Santos da Silva stretches into a perfect arabesque on a rooftop, the camera circles to set the teenager both in and above his background – namely the vast favela of Complexo do Alemão in the northern zone of Rio de Janeiro, dubbed…

Trash (2014)

Review first published by Film4 Synopsis: Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliott) directs this British-Brazilian co-production in which three trash-sorting boys take the money and run. Review: A young Brazilian boy (Rickson Teves) aims a gun, his hands trembling. “Kill him, Raphael!”, urges another from offscreen. It is an arresting opening to Stephen Daldry’s Trash, reminiscent of…

The Zero Theorem (2013)

Review first published by EyeforFilm We have been here before. If Terry Gilliam’s greatest film Brazil (1985) dealt with an ordinary man’s search for identity, love and dreams in a shabbily oppressive, Kafkaesque dystopia, then his latest, The Zero Theorem, treads much the same ground, while updating it to our weird, wired world. Our everyman…