BRASIL ANO 2000 (1969)
aka Brazil Year 2000
Article 5249 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Walter Lima Jr.
Featuring Anecy Rocha, Enio Goncalves, Hello Fernando
What it is: Allegorical / Satirical Science Fiction
After World War III, three wanderers in Brazil impersonate Indians in order to get food. They meet a reporter who is seeking to show the hypocrisy of the post-apocalyptic government.
I’m glad I found a few short plot descriptions of this one; the copy I found was in Portuguese without English subtitles, and I don’t think I would have even been able to cobble together that much of a plot description without them. No, I wasn’t really able to follow the story , but I’m not sure I’d have been able to follow it very well even if it had had subtitles, as it has something of a non-linear arthouse feel about it. However, it does have some surreal moments that did keep the viewing somewhat interesting; I was particularly intrigued by a musical number celebrating a rocket, and a climactic battle between two of the characters fighting each other with giant cutlery (I assume that symbolically this means something, but what it is is quite beyond me). On a gut level, I feel that the movie is good-but-not-great, but I’m hardly watching it under the best of circumstances here, am I? At any rate, here’s another one I can cross off the list.