Jan 12, 2018 Release Date:
116 min Runtime:
Vazante is a 2018 Dramatical movie directed and written by Daniela Thomas. It is an origin story written in bile and ornamented with reluctant beauty. It took place in southeastern Brazil in 1821.
Vazante is a haunting and stunning solo directorial debut from Brazilian filmmaker Daniela Thomas. Ms. Thomas, working from a script by her and Beto Amaral, plots the narrative coordinates fairly leisurely.
Antonio understands nothing about the lives of those he holds in bondage; he can’t even communicate with some of them, who was recently brought over from Africa and speak only their native tongue. It is the wife of wealthy slaveowner Antonio who dies in the opening, along with her stillborn son. One such family, that of the dead woman’s brother includes 12-year-old Beatriz, who catches Antonio’s eye and whom he duly marries. Meanwhile, subplots abound within the slave community, who do not speak the same language as the others, refuses to submit and a new freed-man overseer, Jeremias arrives.
Antonio’s brother-in-law, Bartholomeu slides into the picture with his unhappy wife, Ondina and their daughters, Maria Joaquina and Beatriz. They’re poor, but while Bartholomeu has resigned himself to his fate, the women around him have not. All the story revolve around these characters.
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