Film Review: Bacurau

SNACK at The Glasgow Film Festival 2020

Bacurau

Even if you’re a film fan used to the more extreme side of cinema, you might want to brace yourself for this head-spinning, ultra-violent Brazilian genre mashup.

Lightly easing us into a world of subtle sci-fi, events take place in the near future where a young woman named Theresa (Bárbara Colen) returns to the titular hometown for her mother’s funeral. She and her fellow citizens soon discover that their small town, deprived of basic amenities and all-but-forgotten by the state, have been sold off as targets on a hunting ground for rich foreigners. Together they prepare to fight back. It’s not a film for the faint of heart but if you’re willing to embrace its deep dive into no-holds-barred revengeful, Western-inspired violence then it’s a self-aware blast. As a bonus its genre pleasures come tinged with political commentary on the colonised history of the country, corruption in elected offices and scornful attitudes of the haves for the have nots. Directors Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles provide a confident and heady mixture that makes for rewarding shock-value cinema.


Read the January 2021 issue of SNACK magazine on your tablet, mobile, or pc.

You May Also Like

The (Not) Gay Movie Club: The Long Kiss Goodnight

Important question: have you ever watched Die Hard and thought, ‘I’m looking for less ...

Interview: Take One Film Festival 2020.

For Tamara van Strijthem, the issue of how to host the 2020 incarnation of ...

Film Review: Comfort Zone looks at Tbilisi’s vibrant drag community, focusing on activist and performer Matt Shally

Comfort Zone, a short film by Paris-based director Jordan Blady, dazzlingly showcases Tbilisi’s LGBTQ+ ...

The (Not) Gay Movie Club: Auntie Mame

When I think of classic gay cinema, it strikes me that the films I ...

Scotland loves anime

SCOTLAND LOVES ANIME

Now in its 9th year, the Scotland Loves Anime Film Festival has been going ...

Film Interview: Adam Park, The Amber Light

The Amber Light I’ll admit that my knowledge of whisky doesn’t go beyond naming ...

Interview – Carol Morley – Out Of Blue

Director Carol Morley has long been making a name for herself in the film ...

Scream Queens: Queerness in Horror Movies

In the lead up to Halloween – my favourite time of year – many ...

Film Review – Mid90s

Who would have thought that Jonah Hill, best known for his comic exploits in ...

Get SNACK magazine in your inbox, for FREE.