Brazil (1985)

Brazil (1985)
  • Time: 142 min
  • Genre: Drama | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
  • Director: Terry Gilliam
  • Cast: Jonathan Pryce, Robert De Niro, Bob Hoskins


Sam Lowry is a harried technocrat in a futuristic society that is needlessly convoluted and inefficient. He dreams of a life where he can fly away from technology and overpowering bureaucracy, and spend eternity with the woman of his dreams. While trying to rectify the wrongful arrest of one Harry Buttle, Lowry meets the woman he is always chasing in his dreams, Jill Layton. Meanwhile, the bureaucracy has fingered him responsible for a rash of terrorist bombings, and both Sam and Jill’s lives are put in danger.

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  • Truly one of the greatest films of all time, and vastly superior to the likes of KAFKA and 1984, BRAZIL is an unforgettable combination of science fiction, satire, thriller, comedy, and romance. Jonathan Pryce is perfect as the increasingly besieged hero, but so are the entirety of the star-studded supporting cast. Terry Gilliam shows why he is without doubt the most visually arresting director in contemporary cinema, with one breathtaking scene after another. But it is in the film’s bitter attack on bureaucracy that we find the reason for its greatness. The fate of Pryce and his few allies (one of whom is literally smothered to death by paperwork) is both hilarious and appalling, and chillingly reminiscent of modern society. Men in suits sitting behind desks have never been so scary.

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