Brazil (15)

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Comedy drama

Brazil (1985)

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Time Out says

Fortunately the story of an alternative future is realised with such visual imagination and sparky humour that it's only half way through that the plot's weaknesses become apparent. Like 1984, it looks forward from the '40s to a vast urban society ruled by an oppressive bureaucracy that has developed primitive valve computers. Pryce plays a worker in the all-powerful Ministry of Information, and the best moments arise when his flat's central heating system becomes a kind of spiritual battleground between guerrilla engineer De Niro and his state opposite number Hoskins. Here Gilliam fuses terror and comedy with real brilliance; elsewhere the plot's gaping holes reduce the film to a glittering novelty.

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15

UK release:

1985

Duration:

142 mins

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Dean Henshaw

The Gilliam answer to Orwell. Everyone can see themselves in the lead character, to some degree, and just as 1984 looks more relevent as time goes on, so does brazil. Truly British in character and style it's an antidote to Disneyfied hollywood's happy ended output. The surrealism and absurdity make it strangely more realistic in this 21st century's remote controlled media contrived war on terror.

Dean Henshaw

The Gilliam answer to Orwell. Everyone can see themselves in the lead character, to some degree, and just as 1984 looks more relevent as time goes on, so does brazil. Truly British in character and style it's an antidote to Disneyfied hollywood's happy ended output. The surrealism and absurdity make it strangely more realistic in this 21st century's remote controlled media contrived war on terror.

Soupinabox

holes in the plot? i would say that the plot is poorly paced, the middle section is lost between the hillarity of the first third, and the beauty of the ending, and filled with a clunky romance. but, to me, that only makes the movie more disconcerting, and certainly doesnt degrade its power, only its general quality as a film

Soupinabox

holes in the plot? i would say that the plot is poorly paced, the middle section is lost between the hillarity of the first third, and the beauty of the ending, and filled with a clunky romance. but, to me, that only makes the movie more disconcerting, and certainly doesnt degrade its power, only its general quality as a film

Seth

Care to elaborate on those "gaping holes"? Even claiming that there are plot holes in this film is just disgusting.

Seth

Care to elaborate on those "gaping holes"? Even claiming that there are plot holes in this film is just disgusting.

Grigorio

The plot's gaping holes? What gaping holes? What part of "shifting between reality and fantasy" did the reviewer not understand? I'd hate to see what he thinks of Bergman's "Persona" or Nolan's "Memento" - no doubt that they are full of gaping holes as well. This film is as tight and masterful as those two great works.

Grigorio

The plot's gaping holes? What gaping holes? What part of "shifting between reality and fantasy" did the reviewer not understand? I'd hate to see what he thinks of Bergman's "Persona" or Nolan's "Memento" - no doubt that they are full of gaping holes as well. This film is as tight and masterful as those two great works.