The Cannibal Club – Brazil, 2018 film: reviews

‘Nothing like a home cooked meal’

The Cannibal Club – original title: O Clube dos Canibais – is a 2018 Brazilian comedy horror feature film written and directed by Guto Parente. The Tardo Filmes production stars Tavinho Teixeira, Ana Luiza Rios, Pedro Domingues and Zé Maria.

Review:

Brazilian couple Otavio (Tavinho Teixeira) and Gilda (Ana Luiza Rios) are extremely rich and successful. They only carouse with other elite superiors within the community, always attending high society functions for the absurdly wealthy. However, this exclusive group is rife with rules and secrets, the main one being active members of The Cannibal Club, guided by the powerful congressman, Borges.

Delighted by the idea of murdering and grilling their own food, Otavio and Gilda frequently turn their sights and appetite towards the onsite property help. With her stunning and seductive looks, alongside an animalistic sexual hunger, Gilda is able to set up her prey for the deviant Otavio to slaughter. Celebration is always met at home over a wonderfully medium rare meat dinner.

The Cannibal Club is secretly thriving until one misfortune occurs at Borges’ gathering that sends Gilda into a tumultuous situation… and this puts Otavio in immediate danger.

Horror-filled reactions always connect to a cannibalistic film plot but this is a definitive modern-day impression of a most primitive culture. Even the prosperous should be careful upon the steps they follow to become part of an exceptional association. Secrets abound and come to fruition within this slow burning storyline. The guessing game of trust, hypocrisy and entitlement are mere playthings to toy with as the audience is thrown into the world of Otavio and Gilda’s depraved fetishes.

As the couple continued to fill the open slots within their employment since devouring each security guard, groundskeeper, etc., Jonas joins the household during a conclusive moment that changes the couple’s lives. And taste. The Cannibal Club builds on the intensity that is undeniably extensive on social acceptability. What is and what is not tolerated barely brims the surface for air as Gilda continues gallivanting around without care. Or premonition.

Check out this stylistic view on one of the most disturbing stigmas ever to emerge. With a slight twist of fate, what goes around comes around in the end.

Meredith Brown, MOVIES & MANIA

Other reviews:

” …the film does move at a snail’s pace in certain instances and does no justice for those seeking a bit of an introspective peek at the individuals who make up this conglomeration of skin munchers that fill the club’s ranks. The saving grace of this film is the work performed by the leading dastardly duo of Rios and Teixeira…” Matt Boiselle, Brainwaves

“With a short runtime of 81 minutes, Guto Parente packs an elephant into a suitcase. If you have the palate for distaste… this is a feast. There’s no denying… cannibalism has never been so entertaining… what a strange thing to say about such a strange film! Loved it.” CGiii

“You go into a movie called The Cannibal Club expecting that it will turn your stomach. It will, but not to the degree that you’d assume. Viscera flow in just a couple key scenes, expertly shot and effectively edited for some of the most—forgive me—tasty gore that you’re likely to find…” St. John MacArthur, Cinebiter

“It’s not a dog-eat-dog world, it’s a few dogs eating all the other dogs: the kind of thing that tends to lead to heads in buckets and corpses hanging off bridges. The gore is relatively spare but beautifully executed and the performances, pitched as types and moods more than deep characterizations, are committed.” Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central

” …Parente and Lanthimos perhaps share similar aims in wryly jabbing at elusive social power-holders and their oppression of the oblivious, but pure working classes. For all its transitory silliness and occasional dullness, there’s nevertheless something satisfying about seeing the self-destructive nature of desperate power play, quite literally, laid bare.” Film Inquiry

“By the end (which is inevitable and deeply unsurprising), The Cannibal Club loses a lot of its intended satirical effect. Although a humorous diversion and a good laugh at the rich, it never goes beyond its surface-level Hannibal-esque pleasures to see what really lies beneath. In other words, this dish is cold.” Redmond Bacon, Goomba Stomp

“Parente’s script deliberately eschews subtlety, but his stylish direction — making particularly effective use of Fernando Catatau’s sleazy, jazzy score — sugars the tartness of the medicine with a superficially sophisticated but essentially vulgar glaze. Carnal desires are all that matter here…” Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter

“Some of the film’s barbs are obviously meant for its homeland. But in a world where the divide between the rich and everyone else continues to widen most of its points are very universal. And on that level alone it should resonate with audiences everywhere. On the strictly cinematic level, it moves seamlessly from biting satire to tense horror without compromising either. It’s a brash, explicit, in your face film that isn’t watered down and doesn’t play it safe.” Jim Morazzini, Voices from the Balcony

Release:

Uncork’d Entertainment releases The Cannibal Club in select theaters on March 1, 2019, and it was available On Demand from March 5, 2019.

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