A Brazilian Immigrant

A Brazilian Immigrant


Reviewed by: Amber Wilkinson

This short documentary by Daniel Florencio starts promisingly. It purports to be about to expose the maltreatment of Brazilians at the hands of British customs.

Sadly, his argument is almost totally lost in the midst of everything competing for your attention. Florencio throws everything in - quivering animation, strident music and subtitles. Everything fights against itself. While the animation is quite artistic, its throbbing lines are constantly vying with the subtitles, making them difficult to make out and digest. By the time you've thrown in the over-the-top soundtrack, it's enough to give you a headache rather than pause for thought.

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If that isn't enough, the argument itself lacks conviction. The film is too much of a polemic, lacking balance and coherence and leaving you unsure of what has happened to those who tried to enter the UK. There is potential in the animation and, indeed, in the idea, but this film falls a long way short of realising it.

Out to own as part of the Final Cut: Take Three DVD short film collection.

Reviewed on: 17 Jul 2007
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Documentary on the Brazilian experience of clearing Customs to enter the UK.

Director: Daniel Florencio

Year: 2005

Runtime: 15 minutes

Country: UK


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