Ralph Breaks the Internet
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Barbosa skillfully skewers the presumptions of rich folks who presume they deserve all that they've gotten, even as they're squandering it.
Mr. Cavalcanti, new to the screen, has a natural manner, by turns tentative and blustering.
Precariously balanced social structures maintaining class, race and expectations come crashing down in Casa grande, Fellipe Barbosa's well-made feature debut.
Cavalcanti -- an occasional TV performer whose considerable musical gifts the guitar-strumming Jean shares -- makes for a consistently engaging and intriguing protagonist.
The film captures perfectly the customs of the upper classes but isn't subtle about its discourse. [Full review in Spanish]
Superb dissection of class and race contradictions in a society that is falling apart at the seams.
The film uses its critique of white privilege as a means to woo the legitimizing gaze of international audiences.
The smartly mounted effort, mostly set in a modernist villa on a lush edge of Rio, follows the young heir to a fast-crumbling fortune, as he hovers between honest self-discovery and numbing entitlement.
This isn't the first Latin American drama to follow a rich family on a downward spiral, but the eloquent visuals, strong central performance, and empathetic humor push it to the forefront.
Barbosa's engrossing Casa Grande or The Ballad of Poor Jean spotlights how the downward spiraling of a seemingly wealthy Brazilian family's bankbook propels upward the moral consciousness of its self-involved, horny son, Jean (Thales Cavalcanti).
A brilliant drama that manages to be both depressing and hilarious in the biting, unapologetic way that it exposes nearly every malaise deep-rooted in Brazilian society, always hitting with remarkable sharpness where it shoots and not letting anyone escape the heavy blow.
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