Vazante Reviews

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June 3, 2020
An engrossing film from veteran director Daniela Thomas.
March 10, 2020
The long frame suits Thomas's preoccupation with the mountainous terrain and the movement of human bodies across it, which are beautiful to witness but can't compensate for the story's ever-dwindling momentum.
May 28, 2019
The various interpersonal dynamics at play, though manifested quietly, manage to evoke modern conflicts nearly effortlessly, and in this way the film succeeds as a meaningful journey onto the plantation.
January 25, 2019
This deliberately paced Brazilian historical drama rewards patience with its sumptuous black-and-white cinematography and affecting story of prejudice that carries contemporary resonance.
May 7, 2018
Under the supervision of Linha de Passe co-director Daniela Thomas, this emotionally wrenching period drama is culturally and historically valuable.
May 4, 2018
Visually absorbing and narratively compelling, Vazante is a character study that uses uncomfortable intimacies to address expansive human concerns.
April 20, 2018
There are memes about white people tears, too, though the movie's final scream of horror might actually be funnier than any of them.
April 6, 2018
An epic of desperation, clotted emotions, racism and innocence destroyed, "Vazante" is chillingly beautiful and thoroughly awful, stuffed with grief and tragedy while wrestling with the dynamics of power.
March 19, 2018
It can test the patience of a viewer. But the beauty of the images and the underlying power of the story, especially when Beatriz begins to emerge as the focus of the film, make Vazante an immersive watch.
March 6, 2018
"Vazante" is another go at that ambitious goal, one reflecting the fact that its director [Daniela Thomas] has degrees in both history and cinema.
February 2, 2018
Every composition, each image of her epic endeavor, especially in close-ups, comprise sensual, atmospheric marvels.
February 2, 2018
There is no way that the story of Vazante ... could end well. The genuine shock is how badly and horrifically it does end for all of these characters.
February 1, 2018
Any director this far along in developing an assured visual style truly is a director to watch.
January 26, 2018
Some scenes are languid, while others are seemingly pointless, yet they culminate toward a final shot as striking and powerful as anything in the usual crop of Oscar bait.
January 26, 2018
It's preoccupied with textures and touch, with fabric, food and foliage. Yet it's a sensuous telling of a rather pessimistic story.
January 26, 2018
At two hours, Vazante has an unfortunate tendency to drag.
January 25, 2018
At its center is a dramatist's purest of wishes: to capture the interiority of people in dire circumstances, to make us see what they see and feel what they feel.
January 24, 2018
The ending has a feeling of inevitability but is nonetheless shocking, a tragedy resulting from an original sin that haunts, and will continue to haunt.
January 23, 2018
Every frame of Inti Briones's starkly gorgeous black-and-white cinematography ... hints at an inherent contradiction, either visually, in the narrative or in its larger themes.
January 18, 2018
It has the aura of a foundation myth-at times beautiful, at time squalid.
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