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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 08.08.17] Brazil horror fantasy

The Brazilian writer/director team of Marcu Dutra and Juliana Rojas first garnered international attention a few years back after the very successful debut of Hard Labour (review), a movie I rather enjoyed when it premiered in 2011.

Their latest Good Manners, is also a meditation on horror but this one looks far, far stranger.

Marjorie Estiano stars as Ana, a well-to-do mother-to-be who hires Clara (Isabel Zuaa) to be her unborn baby's nanny and until said baby is born, to look after Ana but it's clear to Clara that something's not quite right with this picture. Ana seems trapped in her enormous home and she sleepwalks at night as one review puts it "in search of prey to sacrifice in the name of a bloodthirsty God."

The Good Manners trailer is beautiful, featuring some spectacular vistas of Sao Paulo, but what really caught my attention is Ana's vampire-like sleepwalking episode. I'm really curious to see how this plays out.

Good Manners recently played the Locarno Film Festival and will be screening at Sitges in October.

Recommended Release: Hard Labour

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