Cabrito, An Exhibition of Uncanny Horror Storytelling
Cabrito Film Details
Director: Luciano de Azevedo
2 November 2015 (Brazil)
Release Format: Short
Running Time: 19min
Horror film short Cabrito is one of the recent imports from Brasil. This latest release from the South American region takes a different route in Horror. Filmmaker Luciano de Azevedo delivers an uncanny perspective into the mind of madness. There is more to this film that a man on the verge of a severe breakdown. Religious overtones and the overzealous practices thereof are present. Morphing Catholicism into something sinister makes this production seem taboo and unforgivable.
Cabrito serves as the first installment in a series of short films. The avant-garde expressionism in the film transcends reality and fantasy. The exhibitions of Horror takes the viewer into an alternate dimension. If these visuals continue the extended series will gain traction rather quick.
The trailer to the next chapter titled Rosalita gives a glimpse on what viewers can expect. It seems this next installment take a hunter and prey route to storytelling. Even so, the focus will linger on the psychotic antagonist. Uncanny aesthetics remain as part of the cast within the next chapter to this morbid tale.
Audiences will become introduced to surreal imagery ripe with viscera and insanity. The focus to Cabrito is the life of a man. Scenes entwine on several factors of his life and these are;
• his unhealthy relationship with his mother,
• his prostitute lover
• internal strife
Most of the narrative is hidden behind enigmatic settings and dialogue. Scenes that showcased demonic imagery felt foreign yet intriguing. The setting appears natural and unaltered thus giving that authentic feel of a poverty stricken abode.
The complexity of the Cabrito is most favorable. The writing team set in motion a scenario that could have played straightforward. Instead of using the direct approach Cabrito toys with the imagination. It is this enigmatic feel that allows the film to mature into something original.
Cabrito is a working piece of artwork with its multilayered prose. The production team did a good job on creating a surreal world. The Visuals have a nightmarish-like composition. The remarkable thing to note is the simple resources on hand to create this film. Cabrito explores supernatural themes but without subjecting the viewer to typical illusions.
Although the performances were stellar the characters lacked structure. For the duration of the film little information connects characters with the viewer. Provided are only the basics in the backstory. This is a shame. These characters are intriguing and merited some deeper exploration.
There seems to be more involved than one man’s level of insanity. Even from the title one can deduce that the narratives draw focus on a child. Who this child remains a mystery. The film becomes too artistic fo its own good. Direct clues would have aided with understanding the plot better
Much of the film’s core becomes lost in the transition. The Portuguese dialect translates to English subtitles. Viewers fluent in Portuguese will have a better understanding of the events. These insights don’t read correctly or carry the same impact with the on-screen text.
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