By Owen Gleiberman
August 29, 2007 at 04:00 AM EDT

Manda Bala

B+
type
  • Movie
Genre

Manda Bala, an exposé of the violence that is tearing up Brazil, could be accused of reveling in social pathology, yet there’s no denying its grip: It is lurid, fascinating, sickening, and eye-opening. The director, Jason Kohn, slams together corruption at every level, showing us a frog farm that’s a front for the draining of public funds by gangster politicos; the daily kidnappings that have turned São Paulo into an anarchic middle-class war zone; and the industry fed by that thuggishness, be it the sale of bulletproof cars or the plastic surgeon who’s grown rich reconstructing the cut-off ears of kidnap victims.

Manda Bala

type
  • Movie
Genre
mpaa
  • Unrated
runtime
  • 85 minutes
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