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Bacurau (2019)Bacurau (2019)

Bacurau (2019)

A fantasy drama about a peculiar Brazilian town

Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Western

7.4

movie

Brazil, Brazil France

English, Portuguese

Dark, Mind-blowing, Weird

2019

Juliano Dornelles, Kleber Mendonça Filho

Alli Willow, Antonio Saboia, Bárbara Colen

131 min

Synopsis

Bacurau, a small town in the Brazilian sertão, mourns the loss of its matriarch, Carmelita, who lived to be 94. Days later, its inhabitants notice that their community has vanished from most maps.

Our Take

7.4
Staff

This incredibly creative and unique movie is set in a fictional small town in the Brazilian Backcountry. It has a realistic first half but things quickly get crazy.

Even in that realistic half, you can clearly tell that something is off about the town of Bacurau. An accident involving a truck carrying coffins turns into an impromptu coffin shop. A dam was built to divert water from people. The village doctor seems to be the least sane person in the village. It’s all wrong.

Bacurau is funny, it’s politically charged, it’s thrilling, and it’s sweet, all at once. It’s that one in a thousand weird movies that actually works, and will inevitably become a classic.

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