Vazante | Chicago Reader

Vazante

Shot in wide-screen black and white, this panoramic period drama from Brazilian filmmaker Daniela Thomas takes place in 1821 in the Diamantina Mountains, where a hardened slave trader (Adriano Carvalho) returns home from his business to discover that his pregnant wife has miscarried and died, leaving him alone with his demented old mother-in-law. Needing a partner, the trader marries his premenstrual 12-year-old niece (Luana Nastas) and then leaves her alone for long periods with his house staff of African slaves, which turns out to be a bad idea. The long frame suits Thomas's preoccupation with the mountainous terrain and the movement of human bodies across it, which are beautiful to witness but can't compensate for the story's ever-dwindling momentum. In Portuguese with subtitles.

Credits

Director:

  • Daniela Thomas

Cast:

  • Adriano Carvalho
  • Sandra Corveloni
  • Luana Nastas
  • Juliana Carneiro da Cunha
  • Roberto Audio
  • Vinicius Anjos
  • Fabrício Boliveira
  • Maria Dias
  • Adilson Magah
  • Vasco Pimentel

Producers:

  • Beto Amaral
  • Maria Ionescu
  • Sara Silveira
  • Pablo Iraola
  • Fernando Meirelles

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