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Coroner Dr. Olavo Bilac (Carlos Alberto Riccelli) returns to Brasilia from Los Angeles to perform an autopsy on the body of Eugenia Camara (Karine Carvalho), a young woman working in politics who was believed to be having affairs with prominent men and murdered by her jealous boyfriend. After leaving the airport the doctor is reintroduced to the wealthy, casually corrupt world of Brazilian politics at a swank party. It soon becomes clear that the powers-that-be expect him to positively identify the body without asking any questions, even though DNA tests haven't proven that the body is Eugenia's. At the party he is seduced by Georgesand Romero (Malu Mader), whose powerful and well-connected family appears to be implicated in the disappearance of Camara. The next morning Bilac decides, to everyone's shock, that he will not immediately ID the body and will conduct an investigation into its real identity, Camara's whereabouts, and the political scandal that seems to lie beneath the mystery. He comes under increasing pressure and threats to halt his investigation and struggles to reconcile the youthful idealisms of his friends with the present reality: that when having acquired power in adulthood they are just as crooked and amoral as their predecessors. He is also recovering from the death of his wife Laura (Bruna Lombardi) and experiences hallucinations of her and eventually Camara too. Bilac must eventually decide whether or not he too should give in, abort his detective work, and return to Los Angeles. ~ Michael Buening, Rovi


Critic Reviews for Brasília 18%

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  • It remains truly puzzling, though, how one of South America's greatest living filmmakers could have fashioned a drama that so flatly depicts a medical expert's gradual uncovering of a vast conspiracy to conceal a murder and rampant corruption.

    Feb 21, 2007

    Robert Koehler

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  • Brasilia 18% ultimately succeeds as a good story well told.

    May 12, 2006
  • A technically proficient, perfectly likeable film that might have been made past its prime (or its septuagenarian filmmaker's)... doesn't quite subvert genre tropes enough to resonate with those unaffected by the country's problematic policies.

    Jul 13, 2006 | Full Review…
  • Uma carreira brilhante como a de Nelson Pereira dos Santos não pode ser encerrada com um desastre como Brasília 18%.

    Apr 26, 2006 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

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