Bacurau (2019)

JULIANO DORNELLES, KLEBER MENDONCA FILHO

Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB 

/, 2019, , , , , , , Screenplay by Kleber Mendonça Filho, Juliano Dornelles.   Cinematography by .   Produced by , .   Music by , Production Design by Costume Design by Film Editing by Cannes Film Festival 2019Toronto International Film Festival 2019.  

A woman goes to her family’s village and attends the death of her grandmother, the nonagenarian matriarch of Bacurau whose death is quickly followed by a number of strange events.  Cell phone service is cut off, digital maps stop showing the place as existing and, late at night, people see a flying saucer drone flying through the air.  Then it turns serious when neighbours’ dead bodies start showing up in their homes and we learn that the place is being targeted by a mysterious group of highly skilled killers who have set up base nearby, their reasons unknown and their methods cold and vicious.  The villagers remain vulnerable to these attacks until taking it upon themselves to fight back, and it leads to bloody retribution as merciless as what they were put through.  Featuring gemlike performances from the likes of and , this entertaining horror film combines grindhouse delights with deeper considerations of colonialism and class.  It’s not as profound as co-director Kleber Mendonca Filho’s exploration of similar issues, Neighbouring Sounds, but the technical aspects of the movie are on point and it’s never for a moment dull.

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