Reading the professional reviews you can get he wrong impression about this film but make no mistake: this is one of those cases where you can only fully enjoy and understand its premise if you are immersed in the same reality where the film takes place. This is not like saying that it doesn't carry any universal meaning - it's quite obvious that it has a social discussion along the subtle horror atmosphere it creates... but what kind of discussion? Helena and Otavio are a middle-class Brazilian couple with one daughter. This is important: the person watching this movie without knowing about Brazilian standards of living may not recognize these characters as middle-class but rather poor people which is not the case. Otavio is getting older and lose his job to a younger co-worker. Helena, living the dream of entrepreneurship, opens a grocery store. Along with these two, there's Paula, a maid/baby-sitter who works for the couple. While Helena starts as a sweet and caring person, she turns soar when she starts to see herself as an "owner" and the person bringing money to the house, treating her workers pretty badly, including the maid who's also object of hostility from Otavio's upper middle-class mother. Our middle-class have two main beliefs: meritocracy (a supposedly rationalist organization of society based on merit despite the absurd economic disparity) and superstition (irrationalism). Helena, dealing with the several difficulties of being an entrepreneur, starts to believe that somebody is using dark forces to make her business go down: naturally one of her employees. From then on she gets more and more involved in this search for an explanation that excuses her for the fear of failure on being the owner of a store and the growing tensions with her employees that are product of her growing intransigence. Otavio, on the other hand, fears that he became obsolescent and too old for the market. He starts to become interested on self-help workshops to "empower" himself and "release the beast inside" so he can have a place in the jungle of the marketplace. This is another regional aspect: this kind of stuff is epidemic in Brazil, growing along with the process of deregulation of work and the intensification of precariousness in terms of labor rights and legislation. The message is simple: it's all up to you, whether you succeed or fail. Otavio already sees himself as a failure and the movie ends with an intense image of him shrieking out of desperation along with a bunch of grown men screaming like apes because a inspirational speaker told them to release their "primitive" side. These aspects may clarify the themes of the film in order to not be comprehended simply as a horror movie with social consciousness. It's a highly symbolic work that speaks directly to the Brazilian middle-class about their fears, their fantasies of power and their difficulty to cope with personal failure. For that matter, this a quite interesting and important work that can be enjoyed by all but only fully understood when you know these particular realities.
Drama / Horror / Mystery
Drama / Horror / Mystery
Young housewife Helena is on the verge of fulfilling a dream as she prepares to open her own business: a neighborhood grocery store. She hires a maid, Paula, to take care of her house and daughter. But when her husband Otavio is suddenly fired from his job as an insurance executive, Helena is left to support the family alone. As Otavio fails to find work and becomes increasingly alienated, business struggles to take off and the pressure on Helena mounts. To make things worse, she discovers that one of the building's brick walls seems to be crumbling. Helena begins to wonder if that may be the cause of all her problems.
Uploaded By: FREEMAN
April 28, 2021 at 07:03 PM