Seems like the Brazilian gems keep on coming. Cinema Slate’s latest release, Fellipe Barbosa‘s “Casa Grande,” offers yet another perspective on the complicated relationship between Brazilians and class divide. In this occasion the privileged life of an adolescent is confronted with a much more real world when his family’s financial stability is about to come to an end. For American audiences this might feel like a companion piece to another Brazilian film, “The Second Mother,” but Barbosa’s take on the issues was actually released before in its homeland. While “Mother” looks at inequality from the maid’s point of view, “Casa Grande” faces those in the elite to the very inequality they have helped create.
“Casa Grande” opens in NYC on Friday November 13th at the Cinema Village
Here is Cinema Slate’s official synopsis and take a look at the trailer above:
Coming-of-age as rude awakening: one high school senior’s dawning sexuality is shadowed by the discovery of his upper-class white family’s looming
financial ruin. Polished and penetrating, “Casa Grande” renders a sharp social canvas of contemporary Brazil through the eyes of young Jean (Thales
Cavalcanti), who struggles with newfound knowledge of his racial and class privilege as he sweetly courts a mixed-race girl from a lower-ranked school than
his, and sows his oats with the family’s nubile cinnamon-skinned maid. Jean’s parents, meanwhile, clutch at straws merely to survive. His father (Brazilian
screen staple Marcello Novaes), a failed hedge-fund baron, tries vainly to conceal the true extent of the damage, as his formerly sheltered wife resorts to
peddling cosmetics. An international audience favorite, “Casa Grande” has stirred lively, searching discussion among Brazilians of the often repressed
realities of stubborn racial bias and stark income inequality.