Manda Bala (Send a Bullet)
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Manda Bala (Send a Bullet)
Brazil is a nation where political and economic corruption and violent crime are a way of life for many, and filmmaker Jason Kohn examines some of the more unusual ways they manifest themselves in this documentary. In Manda Bala (Send a Bullet), Kohn's subjects include a plastic surgeon whose practice is dominated by the victims of kidnappers who lost their ears to their captors; a political figure who uses his frog ranch as a cover for illegal business operations which have made him a multi-millionaire; and an auto customizer whose specialty is bullet-proofing luxury cars. Manda Bala… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

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"To address the economic inequality of teeming Sao Paulo, Brazil, documentary maker Jason Kohn has joined several loosely related topics into a sort of rhetorical doughnut, leaving a hole in the center where his thesis should be."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"We see where this is going early on; by the end, despite the film's beautiful cinematography, persuasive subjects and ironically upbeat soundtrack, we just feel bludgeoned."
‑ Maureen M. Hart, Chicago Tribune
"Less interested in analyzing São Paulo's place in the shaky Brazilian system than in jacking it up with shorthand, gawk-at-the-foreigners shocks"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Kohn is a talented filmmaker and he's tackled a subject not seen before in documentary film, but you almost feel bludgeoned by the depressing state of Brazil instead of introduced to the problems there."
‑ Brian Tallerico, The Deadbolt
"Kohn has produced an astonishingly honest and frankly shocking documentary."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"Kohn, who shot Manda Bala in lush widescreen format and makes deft use of Brazilian pop music to give the film a cleverly incongruous soundtrack, is intent on making a picture that is as visceral to watch as it is to contemplate."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Manda Bala (Send a Bullet), a documentary about corruption, crime and human adaptation during difficult circumstances, is a slick, sly and beautifully shot documentary."
‑ Philip Kennicott, Washington Post
"Despite the seriousness of the topic, Manda Bala may be the most visually creative film you will see this year."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, Playback:stl
"Fascinating, and presented with such panache that you can't help but get drawn in."
‑ Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
"A documentary that works like a puzzle."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Artful framing and 23 peppy songs on the soundtrack lend a gloss to subject matter that alternately repels and fascinates..."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"Wow, bet the Brazilian Tourism Board hates this movie."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Kohn takes [risks] in this convoluted but fascinating documentary -- and most of those choices pay off."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Kohn does a good job of bringing grim issues to light in a surprisingly entertaining manner. But maybe with a few more years of experience, he could make those issues resonate more fully."
‑ Beth Accomando,
"It's thrilling viewing throughout, but Kohn's talents don't yet match his ambitions."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
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