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BRAZIL The Review

Human Rating: 3.5 / 5 Alien Rating: Government Cover Up
 

Tomorrow was another day...

BrazilFilmed in 1985 and featuring a powerful cast, Brazil is often unknown to many. This movie offers a cynical look at modern societies and, by pushing the metaphors and stereotypes to the extreme, transforms a nation into an Orwellian world. Sad yet amusing, this flick ventures along lines not often traveled before.

Brazil is the story of an ordinary man working for a heavily bureaucratized government and of his dream to become something else. As he tries to go out of his way to help out a victim of bureaucracy, he finds himself hunted down as an enemy of the state when he encounters the woman of his dreams. Aided by his mother while through society, he would meet a fringe air-conditioning repairman who will teach him to reach out and live his dreams.

BrazilA really good aspect of Brazil is that it is timeless. Although it played upon the notion of the 1980's big companies being large monolithic firms without sentiments for the people, it still applies today whenever one enters some badly managed government building. A sheer childish example would be of the French Astérix cartoon character being faced with obtaining a A-37 form in "the building that drives mad". Brazil is, with its gorgeous sets and numerous metaphors, a movie that offers a great deal of thinking material.

While not many might have seen this movie before, it is really worth watching, and many times more than once. If you liked such movies as Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (1983) or Time Bandits (1981), add a touch of 1984 without the Dark City (1998) complete gloom and you have Brazil. A place that could be anywhere. It could be your town. You could be living in it right now. Just remember, we're all in it together...

Review by René-Marc Simard.

 
 
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