- Aug 19, 2003
Bacurau is an odd town in North East Brazil, but things are about to get stranger. The film opens with a crashed truck which was delivering coffins, caskets are strewn along the road and a motorcyclist has been killed. Bacurau is involved in a war over water rights and the river has been dammed upstream. It's suspected that a shady politician is involved. He arrives in town canvassing for re-election, tips out a lorry load of books and also delivers tranquilizer suppositories. The town has started to disappear from satellite maps and there is no mobile phone coverage. Motorcyclists are chased by tiny flying saucers, after that things really get weird. Bacurau comes under siege and an asymmetric battle commences. Bloody, violent scenes ensue with shootings, stabbings and decapitations.Several films are brought to mind but to mention their titles would give too much away. Though it has influences, Bacurau possesses it's own unique style. A weird Neo-Noir Western with touches of Magical Realism and political satire. Written & Directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles. On Film4. 9/10.