Brazil ★★★★½

Film #4 of Gustav's Recommendations

”Mistakes? We don't make mistakes.”

What is living under a totalitarian regime – where paranoia and anxiety are routine parts of everyday life - like? Where all your acts and even thoughts are controlled by the government and everything you do and everything you say can be seen as a threat for the state. It’s not a surprise that some people may try and change the way things are and of course it’s not a surprise to see government suppressing any kind of suspicious activity. In such a state many people will only dare to imagine things like freedom, happiness and joy in their dreams.

Terry Gilliam’s Brazil takes the above mentioned issue and turns it into something incredibly depressing, as it goes ahead it becomes less funny and more serious and with the help of a masterfully written screenplay, some pretty odd and extremely beautiful visual effects and decors and Jonathan Pryce’s astonishing performance it succeeds in creating an unforgettable and crazy world with an unyielding and harsh government and sadly it looks like such a government can’t be beaten even by things like pure love and magic.

What turns Brazil into such a daunting experience is that it chooses an innocent and pretty ordinary guy as its protagonist and then by following him through events which are insane, illogical and sad gives us a unique and dispiriting perspective, Sam Lowry’s kind of childish hopes, dreams and his fresh and pure way of looking at world make his tale and fate even more depressing.

Brazil is not just a movie of characters, events and themes. Visually it is a brilliant and creative piece of cinema, it uses giant decors and mind-bending visual effects to portray a bizarre and dystopian state, the film’s art direction is absolutely amazing and Gilliam’s unique visual vision make Brazil an aesthetically marvelous film.

This is not an easy film to watch, sometimes with its crazy sense of humor it’s like a screwball comedy of 40s but as it goes ahead it becomes darker and darker, it raises some gut-wrenching questions about the effect of government on citizens, it is perfectly written, brilliantly acted and faultlessly directed and with its emotionally powerful moments Brazil is a difficult movie to forget.

P.S: Just found this piece in Encarta:

Universal Studios initially didn’t think much of the title director Terry Gilliam had chosen for the film. They sent him a list of alternative suggestions, including If Osmosis, Who Are You, What a Future!, The Ball Bearing Electro Memory Circuit Buster, Lords of the Files, Explanada Fortunata Is Not My Real Name, Disconnected Parties, Nude Descending Bathroom Scale, This Escalator Doesn't Stop At Your Station, Blank/Blank, The Girl in the House on the Truck That's on Fire, Gnu Yak, Gnu Yak, and Other Bestial Places.

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