TIFF 2017 Movie Review: MOTORRAD (Brazil 2017) ***

Movie Reviews of films that will be playing at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) in 2017. Go to TIFF 2017 Movie Reviews and read reviews of films showing at the festival.

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A wild and weird allegorical thriller. A gang of young dirt bikers on a ride across an isolated region of Brazil find themselves being hunted by a machetes.


Carla SallePablo SanábioGuilherme Prates

MOTORRAD begins with Hugo (Guilherme Prates) breaking into a junkyard to steal a bike motor. The old man in charge of the yard catches him but Hugo is saved by a beautiful girl from being shot.

The film changes course with Hugo going on a ride across an isolated region of Brazil with his brother’s bike friends. Hugo meets the girl who takes them on an isolated path. The film changes course once ore at the film’s half hour mark turning it into a chainsaw massacre like film when they find themselves being hunted by a machete-wielding band of motorcyclists intent on killing them all.

Though the film sounds silly, it is well shot, especially the underwater sequence with excellent sound and stereo effects.

Director Amorim does well in combing fun and terror in this otherwise weird and enjoyable romp of male chauvinism.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atOaoJtNfyY

Movie Review: ICARO (Brazil, Experimental)

Played at the July 2017 Experimental Short Film Festival

ICARO, 11min, Brazil, Experimental
Directed by Carla Jay Shah Laroche

Based on the Greek tragedy, Icaro is a Brazilian modern adaptation of the iconic struggle; a man who seeks liberation from an environment in which he feels caged and powerless. Where myths tell us that our fate is determined by a greater force than our own, Icaro is a poetic film which illustrates how our fate is also determined by choice. Icaro must reach his own decisions on how his profession as an elevator operator will ultimately affect him, a profession which is still widely in use in Brazil. The film touches multiple aspects of Brazil’s complex society.

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An experimental Brazilian short following one man’s journey into the sky, ICARO is a reimagined work of art inspired by the tales of Icarus, who flew to close to the sun. ICARO, our hero, is a highly intelligent man working as a lift operator, when he is transported into a world where he has no socially structured limits.

We may be looking through his day dream or his minds’ eye, but our hero is transported to an empty warehouse where his story, dream, struggle, his breaking free of social stagnation is able to be expressed through dance.

His is covered in paint (or possibly wax) and is able to act out his dreams of reaching far beyond the shackles of the modern world.

Ircaro is exquisitely shot, beautifully performed and exceptionally well composed. Balanced and perfectly cast, this is a work of experimental art that will have any film-goer looking to watch again. Well done, Carla Jay Shah Laroche, very well done.

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