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GOOD MANNERS

★★

FAR FROM 'TWILIGHT'

SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW
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By Brent Davidson
14th August 2018

Mystery and magic are aplenty in the less than idyllic Sao Paulo in Brazil, where Clara (Isabel Zuaa), a nurse desperate for a job, interviews with the wealthy and mysterious Ana (Majorie Estiano) for the role of live in maid and nanny for her yet-to-be-born child. Their relationship becomes increasingly intimate, until Ana gives birth to her child. With the tragedy that surrounds this birth, the child is then raised by Clara in a more remote part of Brazil.

Oh - and the child is also a tiny, adorable and horrific werewolf.

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It's not something you'd really expect to be said of a film that seems like it was teetering on the verge of being about a burgeoning lesbian domestic drama, but here it is. The graphic nature of the birth of Joel (MIguel Lobo) is really quite impacting, but is within the general tone of the rest of the piece - it never really shies away from the graphic and shows what is needed in almost its entirety, be that sex or violence.

The performances are all excellent and there is really no hesitation from any of the cast to do what is expected of their roles. That said, the story is bizarre, as is the premise - and while I'm not at all averse to this, I honestly can't see this film working outside the context of a film festival in the way it has so far been presented in Australia. It's certainly interesting, but there are moments in its two and a quarter hours that feel like the pacing is off. The same effect could have probably been achieved in one and a half hours. But that's the beauty of a film such as this - in a festival setting, without the pressures of commercial release, a film is allowed to explore itself.

It never really shies away from the graphic and shows what is needed in almost its entirety, be that sex or violence.

That said, if bizarre, gruesome, sometimes lesbian, supernatural Brazilian films are your thing, 'Good Manners' will probably be right up your alley in what was one of the more surprising films of this year's festival.

FAST FACTS
RELEASE DATE: TBA
RUN TIME: 2h 15m
CAST: Isabél Zuaa
Marjorie Estiano
Miguel Lobo
Cida Moreira
Andréa Marquee
Felipe Kenji
Nina Medeiros
Neusa Velasco
Gilda Nomacce
Eduardo Gomes
DIRECTORS: Juliana Rojas
Marco Dutra
PRODUCERS: Maria Jonescu
Sara Silveira
Clément Duboin
Frédéric Corvez
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