Movie: Brazil

Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi | Terry Gilliam | UK | 1985 | IMDB

A bureaucrat in a retro-future world tries to correct an administrative error and himself becomes an enemy of the state.

I say visually impressive; dystopia; funny; satire.

Furthermore… Before watching it, I had no idea what kind of a movie this is, except for the fact that it’s portrayal of dystopian society. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised; the story is Orwellian, but with elements of comedy mixed in. That makes it a bit “lighter” to watch, but leave the main message intact. The satire is brilliant and still so very valid. Passive and ignorant population, obsessed with youth, fashion and beauty, indifferent to the terrible events happening all around. Massive bureaucratic machine, with determination to follow the routine on the outside, rotten and incompetent on the inside.

One mostly overlooked but interesting aspect of the story is predetermination of events. There’s constant feeling, that things which are happening to the main character, needs to happen. Even a bureaucratic error at the beginning of the movie, contributes to the end result. He start awakening (ironically in his dreams), and now the whole universe is contributing to this.

A little bit of spoilers ahead!

The end is brighter than in Orwell’s 1984 - a mysterious medium show us where the main character escaped to. He personally was liberated (in a way), but as it seems, society stayed the same.

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