Neon Bull (Boi Neon)


Neon Bull (Boi Neon)

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Neon Bull's hypnotic visual poetry occasionally borders on exploitation, though its reflective nature softens its animalistic gaze.



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Wild, sensual and utterly transporting, Brazilian writer-director Gabriel Mascaro's second fiction feature unfolds within the world of the vaquejada, a traditional exhibition sport in which cowboys try to pull bulls to the ground by their tails. Neon Bull explores the vaquejada through the eyes of Iremar, a handsome cowboy who works the events. While he's not afraid to get his hands dirty, Iremar's real dream is to design exotic outfits for dancers.


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  • Most of the movie is poking bulls, blaring rodeo announcers, time spent in the back of the truck as the bulls are moved from point A to point B. Not exactly riveting stuff ...

    Jul 15, 2016 | Rating: C | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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  • With all the grace and symmetry of a peacock fanning its tail, director Gabriel Mascaro reveals his hand in quixotic blasts of expressionistic color, graphic sensuality, and a few things we've never before seen on film...

    Jul 14, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The cowboy character would have benefited from a stronger story arc, but Cazarré is quietly charismatic in the role, a Brando-esque figure searching for meaning beyond maschismo.

    Jul 7, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Mascaro works much like his protagonist, gathering together details, images, and scenes to create unexpected visions. The narrative seems desultory and repetitive until it coalesces into some arresting, if not perverse, sequences.

    Jun 7, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Visually ravishing and sexually provocative, Neon Bull offers an unforgettable portrait of a changing Brazil, at once earthy and arty.

    May 13, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The film is filthy with nuanced moments of fierce, sweaty intimacy, all shot with a precise eye for detail. At the very least, it will make you rethink your next rodeo.

    May 13, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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