Two Brazilian movies of note

by on February 8, 2016 at 10:32 am in Film, Uncategorized | Permalink

1. The Boy & the World.  A Brazilian animated movie, it actually fits the cliche “unlike any movie you’ve seen before.”  Preview here, other links here, good for niños but not only.  Excellent soundtrack by Nana Vasconcelos.

2. The Second Mother.  A Brazilian comedy of manners about social and economic inequality, as reflected in the relations between a maid, her visiting daughter, and the maid’s employer family.  Now, to my and maybe your ears that sounds like poison, because “X is about inequality” correlates strongly with “X is not very good,” I am sorry to say.  This movie is the exception, subtle throughout, and you can watch and enjoy it from any political point of view.  It helps to know a bit about Brazil, and it takes about twenty minutes for the core plot to get off the ground.  Links here.

1 Brian Donohue February 8, 2016 at 10:41 am

OT- very good sentences:

“Like most news junkies, Tyler refuses to admit the near-insignificance of current events.”

2 prior_test February 8, 2016 at 10:43 am

‘Now, to my and maybe your ears that sounds like poison, because “X is about inequality” correlates strongly with “X is not very good,” I am sorry to say.’

Superhero movies to the rescue!

3 Mondfledermaus February 8, 2016 at 10:43 am

good for niños but not only

Do you mean meminos?

4 Ana Lebron February 8, 2016 at 12:34 pm

Do you mean meninos?

5 PD February 12, 2016 at 11:06 pm

The proper word would have been crianças which means children. In 2016 we all know that Brazilians speak Portuguese which has no ñ.

6 Kemeny February 8, 2016 at 11:05 am

Tyler, have you seen Lavoura Arcaica? One of the best Brazilian films.

7 Danilo M February 8, 2016 at 12:06 pm

As a Brazilian who watched “The Second Mother”, I can only say that the film is precisely the kind of predictable and bad work of art about inequaliy. Regina Casé has a great performance on the film, but that’s it.

The main purpose of the story is to show how motherhood is often outsourced in Brazil, depriving poor children of their mothers, as if there were no choices behind this kind of situation.

Besides the thesis being untrue, the couple of employers are treated very heavily-handed, freaking out when the maid’s daughter merely touches the swimming pool and seemingly having no job or ocupation whatsoever.

Last but not least bad, the film ends with the predictable success of the poor girl and the failure of the spoilt rich boy.

This was a film made also to celebrate the supposed recent ascencion of the poor since the presidency of Lula. It came a little late, actually, since we’re in the middle of one of our biggest recessions in history thanks to Lula’s and Dilma’s mismanagement of the economy.

8 Marcos February 10, 2016 at 1:21 pm


Nothing more predictable than Brazilian elite rushing to complain they have been unfairly criticised, and that therefore the film sucks, and it’s all Lula and Dilma’s fault.
That’s the kind of comment that proves once again the filmmaker’s point.

9 Danilo M February 10, 2016 at 8:45 pm

Well, your comment is just chest-beating and pseudo-laughs. I could easily say that you’re just a member of the cultural elite who loves to despise middle class values etc. But that’s useless.

It would be more interesting if you were able to defend the film from my criticism. As I tried to argue, the characters are, with only one exception, shallow and implausible. Also, the supposed social criticism is mostly wrong.

10 Miguel Madeira February 8, 2016 at 1:46 pm

“good for kids” or “god for meninos”, but no “good for niños”

11 Brendan February 8, 2016 at 3:25 pm

LOL @ “X is about inequality” correlates strongly with “X is not very good,” I am sorry to say.

Talk about mood affiliation; Tyler must not have seen “How Green Was My Valley,” “Modern Times,” “On the Waterfront.” And please don’t say that these movies aren’t “about” inequality.

12 JWatts February 8, 2016 at 4:09 pm

Did you realize that the newest of those films is from 1954?

Tyler is probably thinking of something more contemporary: IE Elysium, or one of the YA dystopian films of the past 5 years. I found the remake of The Great Gatsby to be decent, however.

13 Marcos February 11, 2016 at 6:53 am

Manderlay. 12 Years a Slave. Les Misérables.Slumdog Millionaire. Crash.

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