Genre: Drama, Biography, Adventure
               Dance, slavery, Martial Arts, Brazil, Berlinale 2010, capoeira

Martial Arts Made in Brazil

  “Besouro” is the Brazilian name of a beetle can fly, although he does not seem so. Under this name Manuel Henrique Pereira became a legend of the Brazilian fight-dance Capoeira, which was developed in the colonial period slaves embarked from Africa. Besouro selects the true story – or rather the legend – the myth had become a capoeira fighter, which is preserved in many songs.

The movie is set in 1924, slavery is officially abolished in Brazil, almost half a century, still have to work many Afro-Brazilians in inhumane conditions for the white landowners and the public practice of Capoeira will be pursued and punished. The movie plot starts from the day when the old capoeira master Alipio is brutally murdered on behalf of a landowner. Besouro, who as his master that day was to protect actually, retires with his failure in the jungle to get back to themselves and gather strength for the struggle against oppression, which now breaks open.
( #), the Brazilian director João Daniel Tikhomiroff who has made thus far as a commercial film director, a name for his feature film debut draws from various genres and styles: The landowners are staged as if they had sprung from one Italo-west. The fight scenes are therefore in the best of Asian martial arts style. No wonder it stands for Ku Huen Chiu responsible, who through his work on films such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Kill Bill made einn name. Act

How flexible the actor in the fight scenes, so wooden but they contribute to the dialogue scenes. The three main characters are all active Capoeirista, but it is not trained as an actor. They nevertheless have a great deal of physical screen presence, especially the cast of Besouro (Ailton Carmo), and the love of his childhood days, Dinora ().
Jéssica Barbosa
is the story told in the film, with the help of well-known stereotypes, dramatic just plain stupid: There are the good and the bad guys because the good by his misconduct, initially outcast hero, but then the leader is against the wicked, and finally there is the beautiful woman between two friends, so jealousy is inevitable and betrayal in close friends, almost inevitable.

The most successful scenes are those of the hybrid-style film in which Besouro comes into contact with the forces of nature and with the Orixás, those African-Brazilian deities of Candomblé, a form of Spiritualism. In an impressive visual form (although the sound design a little too bass-centric impressive) appear Besouro Exú messenger of the gods, which is also associated with the devil. Besouro even identified with Ogun, the patron saint of iron and war. This kind of magical realism, between dreaming and perception, their visualization on the basis of Afro-Brazilian religion takes its shape but will not irritate the viewers who have taken no prior knowledge of its equivalent in the film. Because without the knowledge of the importance of these images, which have consistently experienced any explanation, the appearance of this slightly unmotivated kitsch and craft. Therefore Besouro is probably ultimately more a movie for fans of Brazil than for martial arts purists.

The proud, combative Besouros heritage is at the end of the film incidentally, passed the next generation and found its way into history : The Capoeira ban was lifted 1937th Meanwhile, the Capoeira in Brazil has become the samba as already long been a national treasure and export success.
But the historical issue is unfortunately still relevant. The so-called “new slavery” is a social problem in Brazil today.

(Kirsten Kieninger)

Title: Besouro Country of production: Brazil Year of production: 2009 Length: 95 (Min)

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