Best new Brazilian Movies in 2018 & 2017 (Netflix & Cinema List)

The Vore's Film staff selects the top best Brazilian movies of 2018 in cinema, DVD and Netflix. Are Anna Muylaert, Daniel Ribeiro & Walter Carvalho Brazil's biggest directors?

Given its vast size and impressive cultural tradition, it is needless to say Brazil has an enormously long and rich cinema tradition. With so much quality to pick, it is easy to come up with a list a must-see titles!

Brazil has always been a melting pot of different cultures and that is reflected in Brazilian art. The best new Brazilian films of this year will let you discover how westernized Brazilians actually are and how they suffer from the same problems as us Europeans or Americans. To me, a lot of Brazilian cities resemble Italian ones, like for instance Napoli. They embody a hot climate, a lot of colors, lots of people and chaos in the streets and apartment blocks surrounded by fences that isolate the rich from the ‘dangerous’ poor. Despite some sourness in that respect, I love the atmosphere in Brazil and Brazilian films. Let’s hope the Copa do Mundo does not ruin too much.

Be attentive, don’t think all Brazilian films guarantee quality. Some are horrendously bad and most of those are produced by commercial television station Globo. They suffer from ‘telenovela’ actors delivering unrealistic, melodramatic and poor performances, unsuccessfully copying acclaimed indie films, too much unnecessary and unattractivily done sex scenes, superficial cultural references and lack of depth in characters. Avoid the following ‘Globo Filmes’: Faroeste Caboclo (René Sampaio, 2013), Flores Raras (Bruno Barreto, 2013), Paraísos Artificiais (Marcos Prado, 2012), Xingu (Cao Hamburger, 2012), A Busca (Luciano Moura, 2012) and off course big box office hit of a couple of years ago: Tropa de Elite 2 (José Padilha, 2010). Filmmaker Padilha went remarkably from the lovely honest little documentary Ônibus 174 (2002) to directing Hollywood blockbuster and moneymaker RoboCop (2014).

New Brazilian movies in 2018

Top movies up for release in 2018

  • Loveling

    DIRECTOR: Gustavo Pizzi
    CAST: Karine Teles, Otávio Müller, Adriana Esteves

    'Loveling' ('Bebzinho') is a beautiful slice of life about a 38 year old mother dealing with mundane things. Her son is about to leave to Germany to join a handball team, her husband takes a financial risk and her sister is clearly in an abusive relationship. Writer/director Gustavo Pizzi clearly has an eye for portraying the poetry of people's everyday problems. Read more

    RATING: 80/100

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  • Entebbe

    DIRECTOR: José Padilha
    CAST: Rosamund Pike, Daniel Brühl, Eddie Marsan

    After a 'Robocop' reboot in 2014, Brazilian director José Padilha comes with a new international movie. '7 Days in Entebbe' is a historical thriller based on true events. Taking place in 1976, the movie evolves around the hijacking of a Air France plane. The hijackers made the pilot land in Uganda, demanding the release of a dozen Palestina terrorists. Read more

    RATING: 77/100

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Best Brazilian movies of 2017

Top rated 2017 Brazilian movies

  • Vazante

    DIRECTOR: Daniela Thomas
    CAST: Adriano Carvalho Luana Nastas Sandra Corveloni

    'Vazante' has been described as a 'Greek tragedy for colonial Brazil, which is about right. Atmospheric and shot in pristine black and white, this 1821-set story evolves around a slave trader who remarries his teenage niece. Being lonely at this huge plantation, the girl tries to make the most out it. With tragic results. Read more

    RATING: 80/100

    RELEASE DATE: November 9th, 2017

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  • Como Nossos Pais (Just Like Our Parents)

    DIRECTOR: Laís Bodanzky
    CAST: Clarisse Abujamra Jorge Mautner Annalara Prates

    A beautiful character study of a young mother from Sao Paulo who feels trapped inside her family. Her husband is often abroad so she has to take care of their preteen daughters, while at the same time her aging and divorced parents demand a lot from her. As her mother unravels a secret, her life is turned upside down. Read more

    RATING: 85/100

    RELEASE DATE: February 10th, 2017

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Best Brazilian movies on Netflix or DVD in 2018

2010's best rated Brazilian movies out on DVD, Bluray or streaming on VOD (Netflix, Amazon).

  • The Way He Looks

    DIRECTOR: Daniel Ribeiro
    CAST: Ghilherme Lobo Fabio Audi Tess Amorim

    A blind lad, Leonardo has his own perception of the world with his best friend Giovani but when Gabriel comes into his life everything including his perspective of life,... Read more

    RATING: 80/100

    RELEASE DATE: November 7th, 2014

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  • Raul – O Início, o Fim e o Meio

    DIRECTOR: Walter Carvalho, Leonardo Gudel
    CAST: Paulo Coelho Daniel de Oliveira Tárik de Souza

    One of the best musical artists and lyricists Brazil has ever known is sadly enough only little known outside of the country. His songs are so full of absurd and inventive imagination, showing off the creative brilliance of him and his co-writer Paulo Coelho, who went on to become a bestselling author later on. Comparable to Bob Dylan’s Subterranean Homesick Blues, Raul’s lyrics are chock full of intriguing words, mostly even more confusing for the censuring authorities than Tropicália. And during singing them on concert, he usually has got still extra stories to tell in-between. The documentary tracks his life, his successes and his problems with drugs (as usual) and has some really impressive images of the hero in action. If you’re in for some art rock, definitely make sure you listen to his masterpiece classic album Krig-ha, Bandolo! (1973). Read more

    RATING: 80/100

    RELEASE DATE: March 23rd, 2012

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  • Tropicalia

    DIRECTOR: Marcelo Machado
    CAST: Gilberto Gil Caetano Veloso

    This film documents an important part of Brazilian music history in the 60’s when traditional Afro-Brazilian rhythms of Samba and Bossa Nova intermingled with the psychedelic electric guitars of British Invasion acts like The Beatles and Rolling Stones. Because of censorship, the ‘tropicalista’s’ had to be creative in the writing of their material which often resulted in absurd lyrics. Famous bands of this new artistic movement were Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Os Mutantes, Gal Costa, Tom Zé, etc. Fernando Meirelles, known for his critically acclaimed City of God (2002), produced this lovely and highly informative documentary. Read more

    RATING: 73/100

    RELEASE DATE: September 14th, 2012

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  • Xingu

    DIRECTOR: Cao Hamburger
    CAST: João Miguel Felipe Camargo Caio Blat

    The story follows the real life events in the life of the Villas brothers who took an adventurous expedition to tame the central Brazil thereby bringing into shape the... Read more

    RATING: 71/100

    RELEASE DATE: March 14th, 2014

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  • Mãe Só Há Uma (Don’t Call Me Son

    DIRECTOR: Anna Muylaert
    CAST: Naomi Nero Daniel Botelho Dani Nefussi

    Only a year after her international art house hit 'The Second Mother', Brazil's leading talent Anna Muyleart returns with a new gem. A touching coming-of-drama about a transgender teenager who finds out he's been stolen as a baby and return sto his biological parents. Read more

    RATING: 70/100

    RELEASE DATE: July 21st, 2016

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  • Boi Neon (Neon Bull)

    DIRECTOR: Gabriel Mascaro
    CAST: Juliano Cazarré Maeve Jinkings Josinaldo Alves

    Director Gabriel Mascaro's focus shifted from documentary to film during his career, but it's still easy to the see the documentarymaker at work in this terrific, raw feature. The story of Iremar, a guys who works for traveling rodeo show, a tough macho world. He discovers a new passion though; fashion design. Read more

    RATING: 69/100

    RELEASE DATE: January 16th, 2016

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  • Praia Do Futuro

    DIRECTOR: Karim Aïnouz
    CAST: Wagner Moura Clemens Schick Jesuíta Barbosa

    Not all of of the Globo guys turned their backs completely on arthouse. It seems that Brazilian actor Wagner Moura, being featured in much of the atrocity above and on Globo, tried to change the course of his career a bit. In 2014, he collaborates with Karim Aïnouz, who already cooperated a couple of times with Marcelo Gomes, whose film Era Uma Vez Eu, Verônica (2012) is featured below in our top list. A flashy, experimental and promising looking Praia do Futuro tells the LGBT story of a life saver who rescues only one half of a gay couple to replace the other half in the end. We follow the two main characters and lovers move from Brazil to Berlin and how things play out at the other side of the ocean. Comparisons have been made with Audiard, Antonioni and Denis, which makes me even more longing to see it. Read more

    RATING: 61/100

    RELEASE DATE: February 27th, 2015

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