Udo Kier and Sônia Braga in a scene from Bacurau.
Photo courtesy of Metropolis-Sofil
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Every year the spring-summer film festival season unveils a handful of titles that grab the attention of juries, critics and audiences.It zooms on northeastern Brazil, where a water truck is following a dirt track to a village called Bacurau.Before reaching Bacurau, the trucker points out an improvised dam that's blocked the river that used to supply the village. Indeed, as the film develops, Teresa sinks into the village ensemble, while Pacote becomes more central.Tony Junior himself rolls into town with his entourage to announce that, when elected, he'll see to the difficulties the village's been suffering.The townsfolk retain a sneering skepticism of Junior and the political class that he represents. The bikers are the Brazilian associates of a gang of heavily armed English-speaking foreigners camped outside town.When villagers start dying, Pacote seeks help from gang of rural bandits, led by the psychopathic Lunga, though it's the (nude) village herbalist who claims the first blood of resistance."Bacurau" nods particularly to the work of Glauber Rocha (1939-81), who made a couple of films based on the life of Antonio das Mortes, a notorious 19th-century bandit who strode Brazil's rural northeast.
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