Rio 2096 – a film review

When you think of Brazil, animation may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but the scantily clad protagonists were so hot and amorous I was hooked from the outset.

600 years of history is woven together in a visually striking graphic novel style, complete with stunning scenery, a passionate love story, brutal violence and a colourful history.

Uma História de Amor e Fúria sounds beautiful, and you clever wee thing guessed it – it’s a history of love and fury…

Rio 2096 – a story of love and fury is told through the eyes of a native underdog – Cau an immortal warrior from the Tupinambá tribe. The tale spans across periods of time – through Rio’s colonisation, slavery, military regime and a dystopian future. The past is a grim place but Director Luiz Bolognesi continually reminds us “to live without knowing the past is to live in the dark”

I’m not usually huge on animations, or violent action films, but I was entirely engrossed. I’m embarrassed to admit it, but the tale of two souls so destined to be together that even time doesn’t constrain them appeals to the hopeless romantic inside. The love, the culture and the history it was all quite mystical. 90 Minutes speed by.

I think this quote sums it up well:

“The sheer power of its images and its denial to depict heroes, but only losers that fight for a cause, is reason enough to watch this shamelessly militant, and beautifully constructed political feature”

I watched this during the Reel Brazil Film Festival in Auckland last week. Rio is one of my favourite places in the world, so anything related I usually rate. Other people seem to have agreed, it took out quite a few awards…

  • Crytsal Award, 2013 Annecy Film Festival
  • Best Feature Film, 2013, Annecy International Animated Film Festival
  • Audience Award, 2013, Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival
  • Best Film, 2013, 4th Braqeq Brazil Film Festival


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