The Edge of Democracy

2019

The Edge of Democracy

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Assembled with absorbing insight and passion by director Petra Costa, The Edge of Democracy is a disturbing and expansive overview of how a democratic nation can teeter into autocracy.

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A cautionary tale for these times of democracy in crisis -- the personal and political fuse to explore one of the most dramatic periods in Brazilian history. With unprecedented access to Presidents Dilma Rousseff and Lula da Silva, we witness their rise and fall and the tragically polarized nation that remains.

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All Critics (35) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (34) | Rotten (1)

  • Costa manages to craft an intimate primer about the state's descent into populism and the fraying of the country's democratic fabric.

    June 21, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Engrossing...

    June 20, 2019 | Full Review…

    Ela Bittencourt

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  • [Petra Costa] seems utterly incapable of crafting a frame that is lacking in urgency or vibrance.

    June 20, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • An angry, intimate, and haunting portrait of Brazil's recent slide back into the open jaws of dictatorship.

    June 19, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • Directed by Petra Costa, this completely fascinating documentary provides an unexpectedly compelling inside look at the political earthquakes that have been roiling Brazil for several years.

    June 18, 2019 | Full Review…
  • It's a chronicle of civic betrayal and the abuse of power, and also of heartbreak.

    June 18, 2019 | Full Review…

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