Archive of films Good Manners / As boas maneiras

Brazil / France
2017, 135 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2018

When pregnant and wealthy Ana hires a live-in nanny neither woman suspects what fatal consequences the birth will mean for both of them. This unconventional horror movie, incorporating fairytale elements, offers up an elegant classic style as well as criticism of Brazilian society.


Facing an oppressive social situation, Clara decides to apply for the job of live-in nanny for a wealthy pregnant woman named Ana. Despite not finishing nursing school nor having any practical experience, her presence has such a calming effect on Ana that the latter decides to hire her. While the women are getting to know each other, Ana’s pregnancy shows signs that are suspiciously atypical. The birth has fatal consequences for both of them. This unconventional picture draws on the horror tradition, exploiting its conventions to criticize Brazilian society. The film’s surreal style is equally referential, reminiscent of the classic studio approach to moviemaking. This, the directors’ second film, won the Special Jury Prize at the Locarno IFF.

Sandra Hezinová

About the director

Marco Dutra (b. 1980, São Paulo, Brazil). Selected filmography: When I Was Alive (Quando eu era vivo, 2014), The Silence of the Sky (Era el Cielo, 2016)

Juliana Rojas (b. 1981, São Paulo, Brazil). Selected filmography: Doppelgänger (O Duplo, 2012, short), Necropolis Symphony (Sinfonia da Necrópole, 2014)

Filmography as co-directors: The White Sheet (O Lençol Branco, 2004, short), A Stem (Um Ramo, 2007, short), Hard Labor (Trabalhar Cansa, 2011), Good Manners (As boas manieras, 2017)


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Horizons
Director: Juliana Rojas, Marco Dutra
Screenplay: Juliana Rojas, Marco Dutra
Dir. of Photography: Rui Poças
Music: Marco Dutra, Juliana Rojas, Guilherme Garbato, Gustavo Garbato
Editor: Caetano Gotardo
Art Director: Fernando Zuccolotto
Producer: Maria Ionescu, Sara Silveira, Clément Duboin, Frédéric Corvez
Production: Dezenove Som e Imagens, Good Fortune Films, Urban Factory
Coproduction: Globo Filmes
Cast: Isabél Zuaa, Marjorie Estiano, Miguel Lobo
Sales: Urban Distribution International

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