in about 100 words or less
UK 142m, Colour
Director: Terry Gilliam; Cast: Jonathan Pryce, Kim Greist; Michael Palin; Robert De Niro, Katherine Helmond, Bob Hoskins, Ian Holm
Brazil is a brilliantly imagined film that has a retro-futuristic look and feel that is unique to its director Terry Gilliam. The full length version of this film, with the definitely not-so-happy ending is a darkly comedic look into a dysfunctional hyper-industrial state-controlled not-so-distant future world – where the computer mostly says no. Arguably, the central theme to Brazil is the inhumanity of an Orwellian-type future, where personal rights and freedoms have vanished. Other than for comparison purposes, avoid the American cut of this film at all costs and enjoy the film this film the way Gilliam wanted you to (Klaus Ming February 2009).