(out of 5)
Original title: Cinema, Aspirinas E Urubus
A German ex-patriate drives through the barren outback of 1942 Brazil selling aspirin to villagers, first wowing them with a shamelessly promotional film about the benefits of the pain reliever before suckering them into a purchase. Frequently willing to give passersby a lift, he picks one travelling companion whose opposing, sharp personality contrasts so well with his own laid-back style that the two of them stick together. Their situation gets complicated when Brazil enters the war, thus making all citizens of German extraction enemies of the state. While the photography and acting couldn’t be better, this film is more interesting in its general capture of a period than for anything particular about its lead characters. The two protagonists are too boring for cinema (in fact they’re too boring for documentary cinema), but the roles are pulled off with great skill by the two lead actors regardless.
Directed by Marcelo Gomes
Cinematography by Mauro Pinheiro Jr.
Music by Tomaz Alves Souza
Production Design by Marcos Pedroso
Costume Design by Beto Normal
Film Editing by Karen Harley