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Brazilero

Sotiris Goritsas's 2001 feature is meant as a caustic send-up of the corruption and ineptitude in Greek politics, but the satire is undermined by crassness. Vassilis, a sport-loving bureaucrat, receives a lucrative subsidy from the European Union to build a cultural center on his island, but instead uses the money to build up the local soccer team. When EU auditors show up, he tries to cover up his misdeeds. Stelios Mainas has his moments as the beleaguered embezzler, but he and the rest of the cast are hamstrung by inane dialogue, a muddled visual style, and frenetic editing. In Greek and Italian with subtitles. 95 min.

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