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Film Review: Cabrito (short film) (2015)

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Cabrito (short film) (2015)

SYNOPSIS:

”And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters, which the Lord thy God hath given thee, in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee:”

REVIEW:

Got some more short films for you, kiddies! Today we have a tasty little number from Brazil called CABRITO, directed by Luciano de Azevedo. This film is in Portuguese with English subtitles.

So a couple of important tidbits to know coming into this film –

1) the word “cabrito” refers to a dinner entree, specifically to roast kid goat.

2) This is the director’s third film project, preceded by one other short film and a documentary short.

3) this film has four writers, including the director. The other writers are Pedro Carcereri, Fransico Franco, and Carolina Queiroz. With the exception of Mr. Franco, this is the first writing credit for the team.

4) the film was made for a total budget of 750.00 dollars.

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Ok, having covered all of that, let’s talk about the story. This is a dark and disturbing tale of anger, fantaticism, and control. There’s a lot going on between the three main characters. Some deep psychological stuff, for certain.

Mama is a control freak with certain obsessions. The son is a long-suffering hard working man desperate for one kind word from his mother. The son’s pregnant lover is a “working girl”, if you know what I mean, who seems to have less respect for our hero than his mother does.

All of this is set to a backdrop of religious fervor and iconography that creates an overall very dark and disturbing slice of life. Hell. the film opens with this Bible passage –

“And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters, which the Lord thy God hath given thee, in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee:” Deuteronomy 28 : 53

That pretty much tells you everything you need to know.

So using my special short scale of one to five, five being awesome, I’m giving this film 4 goats.

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