A very unfortunate clunker.
I was very saddened to see Caca Diegues latest, especially while holding fond memories of his older works where he uses the politics of spectacle as a sharp look at social change and cultural upheaval.
Here neobaroque tecnique is let down by nothing insightful to say. A multigenerational saga of a family circus, goes for superficial melodrama, sexual farce, and distasteful gender politic in the service of nothing.
That's what really stings, he aims for a Hundred Years of Solitude-style many-faceted storytelling, but he ends up with a torpid, Hollywoodean revue. No amount of whimsy papers over the void.