The Tenants (Os Inquilinos)
Directed by Sérgio Bianchi | BRAZIL | 2009 | 103min | Subtitles | (Q&A)
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THE TENANTS showcases the work of the talented Sergio Bianchi as he rediscovers a new and multifaceted vision of 21st-century Brazil. Here he tackles the issue of urban violence from the point of view of the working class family. The story of a family’s arduous and uphill battle to hold itself against middle-class ideals of social mobility and continuity deals with the effect of crime on the lives of “well-mannered citizens.” Valter works a fulltime shift and goes to school at night—if not to get a better life for himself, at least to set “the right example to his kids.” But this narrative of steady social enhancement quickly finds its counterpoint when three loud, sexually active, testosterone-filled and ethnically compromised men crash at the house next door and decide to live there for an unforeseeable time. With stunning performances by its lead actors Marat Descartes and Ana Carbatti (the vigilant mother of the family), THE TENANTS is a tour-de-force of cinematic tension. Its gorgeously composed shots and frame-within-frame schematics are similar to a Michael Haneke film.
- Adapted from MoMA