Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Estômago: A Gastronomic Story

Brazil 2007

The world is made of those who eat and those who get eaten. Raimundo Nonato, our protagonist, finds an alternative way: he cooks. He cooks first in a bar, then in an Italian Restaurant and then in prison - how did he end up in jail? He cooks and learns how to get by in a society divided in two between those who eat and those who get eaten. What he learns, are a series of rules he uses to his advantage: in the end, the cook must also get his share of food and only he knows which part tastes best. Estômago is an adult fable on power, sex and cooking.

This was overall my favorite film at this year's Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX.
When I think about movies I want to see and make, this stands out as their epitome.
Beautifully shot, with a great tone of something mildly sinister, that unfolds as the film progresses each character's persona. Each individual portrays a uniqueness about
them that separates them from one another and connects them to people we know or know of. Truly a heartfelt, sincere and immaculately told piece of film with all genres rolled into one, sci-fi being exempt. The pacing, the dialog, the climax and outcome are preemptive to aforementioned scripting bring everything into place with a genuinely captured profound result, that leaves utmost satisfaction. Gorgeous.

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