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Eavesdropping at the Movies: 219 – Bacurau

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A political parable, satire, thriller, high-concept actioner, horror, and Western all at once, 2019 Cannes Jury Prize winner Bacurau is a wild experience and well worth your time. Set in a tiny, remote village in a near-future Brazil, we’re given a portrait of life within an open, tolerant community under the thumb of a distant but powerful mayor, and shortly after the funeral of one of the town’s elders, things start going awry.

To say more would be to spoil the surprises, and we encourage you to check the film out knowing as little as possible. As a fable, it’s a potent piece of work – themes of political abuses, the ownership and withholding of water conferring power, and the value of community and the knowledge of history are all made manifest as Bacurau straddles its genres and provides its thrills. It’s a film that’s as open to interpretation as it is clear about what it thinks – its clunkiness in this respect a positive for Mike while occasionally a little overegged for José. But quibbles here and there pale in significance to Bacurau‘s boldness and intelligence, and you should see it.

With José Arroyo of First Impressions and Michael Glass of Writing About Film.

Joe Humfrey and José Arroyo on ‘Climax’

Joe Humfrey and I discuss the virtues of Climax, Gaspar Noé, The Long Take and Slow Cinema.

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Joe Humfrey and José Arroyo talk about the new Gaspar Noé film, ‘Climax’. They explore the techniques and motivations behind the intensity of the film, as well as how it relates to the slow-cinema genre.

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Conor Ryan & José Arroyo on ‘BoJack Horseman’

I meet with Conor Ryan to talk about the show´s representation of mental health, as well as its social critique of Hollywood and wider American culture.

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Conor Ryan and José Arroyo discuss the complex and often bizarre world of Netflix’s animated series ‘BoJack Horseman’. They particularly focus on the show’s representation of mental health, as well as its social critique of Hollywood and wider American culture.

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