Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Thoughts on Pacified (2020) Tribeca 2020
This film is based on what happened in the favelas around and during the Olympics when the government tried to clean things up as well as director Paxton Winters seven years of living in Rio. It has a lived in and gritty quality that only someone who was there truly understands. The film also possesses a look, a physical beauty that says that Winters also has a great love of the area and the people he is chronicling.
That the film works as well as it does is due in are part to the cast, particularly new comer Cassia Gil as Tati who wanders through the film as if she owns the place. She clearly does and I would be shocked if she isn't grabbed by some producer somewhere and given a big budget film to star in and come to world wide attention.
This was one of the last features I screened for Tribeca this year and it is easily one of the best. Highly recommended.