Me You Them

This dry Brazilian comedy, vaguely inspired by a TV documentary, concerns a woman (Regina Case) who spends ten years living pretty happily in a rural house with her three husbands (Lima Duarte, Stenio Garcia, and Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos). Despite a certain amount of folkloric hokum, the film works quite well: it manages to suggest the magical realist tradition without actually belonging to it, uses gorgeous ‘Scope framing to take full advantage of the landscapes of northeastern Brazil, and despite explaining almost nothing psychologically makes everything fall into place with a certain logic. This is only the second feature of Andrucha Waddington, but he seems so relaxed around his characters that we’re encouraged to go along with the dreamy drift of their lives. Elena Soarez wrote the purposeful and mysterious script. 107 min. (JR)

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