Good Manners: As Boas Maneiras

From The Distrib Films Collection

Directed by Juliana Rojas & Marco Dutra

135 minutes / Color
Portuguese / English subtitles
Release: 2017
Copyright: 2017

Filmmakers Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra’s second collaboration (after the acclaimed Hard Labor) deftly integrates art-house and genre cinema to create a thrilling and dark gothic fable with sharp social commentary.

Set in São Paulo, the film follows Clara, a lonely nurse from the outskirts of the city who is hired by mysterious and wealthy Ana to be the nanny of her soon to be born child. Against all odds, the two women develop a strong bond. But a fateful night marked by a full moon changes their plans.

With powerful visuals and impeccable cinematography by Zama’s Rui Poças, Good Manners is Disney meets Jacques Tourneur. The film becomes an unexpected and wild werewolf movie unlike any other, and a poignant social and racial allegory on modern-day Brazilian society.

“An unnerving werewolf tale that explores themes of motherhood and otherness, sometimes suggesting a retelling of Frankenstein. But with a werewolf. Yet for all the blood and gore, this is a quiet, gentle story…” Village Voice

“Good Manners” is an ambitious work not only in scope but design, influenced by Jacques Tourneur’s psychological horror noirs.” Variety

“A hybrid of art-house and genre cinema, combining sharp social commentary with grand guignol fantasy.” —Hollywood Reporter

“Good Manners is a lyrical fable on how we treat others, how we raise good children, and how the world too often turns against us.” —ScreenAnarchy

“Pulling off an ambitious mash-up of genres like “Good Manners” is no easy feat – that Dutra and Rojas pull it off so successfully suggests we’ll be hearing a lot more from them down the road.” —The Playlist

“Genre defying and genuinely unexpected, this intriguing urban fairytale takes the mythology of the werewolf story and uses it as a prism through which to view contemporary Brazilian society.” —Screen International

“Rui Poças’ impressionistic cinematography frequently conjures the beauty and sensuality inherent in the best horror pictures.” —Movie City News 

“A perfect storm of misfortune.” —Digital Journal

“A solid horror film...  At each step along the way, kindness shines through.” —Movie Habit

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A film by Juliana Rojas & Marco Dutra

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  • Special Jury Prize, Locarno International Film Festival 2017
  • Athens International Film Festival 2017
  • Vancouver International Film Festival 2017
  • BFI London International Film Festival 2017
  • AFI International Film Festival 2017


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