Vazante (2018)

Forced to marry a slave trader, young Beatriz faces physical and emotional unrest beyond her years in this lyrical and nuanced historical mood piece. Upon returning from a trading expedition, Antonio discovers that his wife has died in… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 12, 2018
DVD Release Date: April 24, 2018
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Glenn Kenny

The languidly-paced picture has a staggering array of beautiful images and vistas.

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Jessica Kiang

[A] darkly mysterious period fable.

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Kimber Myers
The Playlist

Daniela Thomas previously teamed with other directors, most notably Walter Salles, but "Vazante" marks her first time behind the camera alone. With those decades of experience in mind, this film never feels like a debut.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

It's an austere, pitiless world and might be a near-unbearable, unwatchable one if the director Daniela Thomas didn't hook you early. But she does ...

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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter

Transfixing in its formal rigor, impressive craft and striking visual beauty.

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André Hereford
Film Journal International

Vazante pokes and probes at colonial culture and comes up with very little.

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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice

With Vazante, Thomas imagines, convincingly, with Faulknerian reach and density, the details of those lives, what being them might have felt like.

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Graham Fuller
Culture Trip

It has the aura of a foundation myth-at times beautiful, at time squalid.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Brazilian drama about a misogynistic slave owner and those suffering under his control.

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