Madalena

Madalena ★★★½

The violence contained in a place. There's a body in a field, but there's both all the rigid society structure that leads to it and the multiple ways Madalena remains ressonating. There's a catalogue of spaces traspassed, ways the land is put to use, and it is essential the body was found in a soy field and the last section takes place in sort of a pastoral funeral the exists outside of those same economics whose presence is stillfelt just outside the frame. As someone who grew up at Mato Grosso a lot of this feels very spot on. Director Marcheti can at times feel a little to indebt of his influences, but he has a great eye and the film remains always anchored at good understanding of the place and people there.