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PostSubject: Brazil (film)   Brazil (film) Icon_minitimeThu Jul 29, 2010 2:17 pm

Set in a fictional Britain, the film follows Sam Lowry, a low-level government employee who has frequent daydreams of saving a beautiful maiden. One day he is assigned the task of trying to rectify an error caused by a fly getting jammed in a printer, which caused it to misprint a file, which resulted in the incarceration and death during interrogation of Mr. Archibald Buttle instead of the suspected terrorist, Archibald "Harry" Tuttle. When Sam visits Buttle's widow, he discovers Jill Layton, the upstairs neighbour of the Buttles, is the same woman as in his dreams. Jill is trying to help Mrs Buttle find out what happened to her husband, but has become sick of dealing with the bureaucracy. Unbeknownst to her, she is now considered a terrorist friend of Tuttle for attempting to report the mistake of Buttle's arrest in Tuttle's place to bureaucrats that would not admit such an error. When Sam tries to approach her, she is very cautious and avoids giving Sam full details, worried the government will track her down. During this time, Sam comes in contact with the real Harry Tuttle , a renegade air conditioning specialist who once worked for the government but left due to the amount of paperwork. Tuttle helps Sam deal with two government workers who are taking their time fixing the broken air conditioning in Sam's apartment.

Sam determines the only way to learn about Jill is to transfer to "Information Retrieval" where he would have access to her classified records. He requests the help of his mother Ida, vainly addicted to rejuvenating plastic surgery under the care of cosmetic surgeon Dr. Jaffe , as she has connections to high ranking officers and is able to help her son get the position. Delighted that her son has finally shown ambition – he previously turned down the promotions which she had arranged – Sam's mother arranges for Sam to be promoted into the Information Retrieval division. Sam eventually obtains Jill's records and tracks her down before she is arrested, then falsifies her records to make her appear deceased, allowing her to escape the bureaucracy. The two share a romantic night together before Sam is apprehended by the government at gunpoint for misusing his position.

Sam is restrained to a chair in a large, empty cylindrical room (the interior of a power station cooling tower), to be tortured by his old friend, Jack Lint, as he is now considered part of an assumed terrorist plot including Jill and Tuttle. However, before Jack can start, Tuttle and other members of the resistance break in to the Ministry. The resistance shoots Jack, rescues Sam, and blows up the Ministry building as they flee. Sam and Tuttle run off together, but Tuttle disappears amid a mass of scraps of paper from the destroyed Ministry. Sam runs to his mother attending a funeral for a friend who died of excessive cosmetic surgery. Finding his mother now looking like Jill and fawned over by a flock of juvenile admirers, Sam falls into the open casket, finding it to be bottomless. He lands in a world from his daydreams, and attempts escape up a pile of flex-ducts from the police and imaginary monsters. He finds a door at the top of the pile and, passing through it, is surprised to find himself in a trailer driven by Jill. The two drive away from the city together.

However, it is revealed that this happy ending is all happening inside Sam's head; Sam is still strapped to the chair under observation by Jack and Deputy Minister Mr. Helpmann. Realising that Sam appears catatonic, a smile on his face and humming "Brazil", the two declare Sam a lost cause, and exit the room as the film closes.


The tale Gilliam relates takes a darkly-humored look at consumerism as a totalitarian society's method for distracting people from its inherent inhumanity. In outdoor scenes, people are seen moving full shopping trolleys in the streets. In one scene, a person leading a brass band is holding a sign that reads "Consumers for Christ," while a young girl is asked what she wants for Christmas and swiftly replies "My own credit card!" While Sam is being strapped to a chair, about to be tortured, a police officer tells him, "Don't fight it, son! Confess quickly, or you'll jeopardize your credit rating."

Similarly, the elevation of meaningless considerations of status and vanity over personal happiness and well-being is continuously portrayed throughout the movie. Sam's mother and her friend, Mrs. Terrain, as part of this world's high society, undergo a number of cosmetic surgeries in a seemingly addicted fashion to look young and beautiful. Even when terrorist attacks are occurring nearby, all they care about are the most recent surgery catalog prices.

Sam is beset not so much by malicious characters as by a vast, impersonal, and indifferent social structure that is both hypocritical and pedantic for its own sake. Most of the individual villains are neither malicious nor sadistic, they are merely doing their jobs. Consequently, a major theme is the absurdity of the anonymous, ritualized, and soulless machinery that make up the necessities of adult life in modern society. This absurd, anonymous machinery is apparent in the fact that the film's whole plot is set into motion by a (literal) bug in the system of which nobody is aware. In the end, nobody but the viewer has a full grasp of the events that occurred and all of their causes, or how each person fits in. Sam, as the most perceptive character, only comes across pieces to the puzzle by a series of accidents, while being entirely focused on finding, then saving his love interest; Jill is seemingly oblivious to her endangered situation until the very last minute; and Jack, as well as the system behind him as embodied by Mr. Helpmann, have built up an elaborate yet self-delusional tale of sabotage and terrorism to explain away the bugs of their own making. Additionally illustrating this world of absurd, automated necessities are the various Rube Goldberg machines, such as those in Sam's own flat, that have fully automated everyday life.

This absurdity is most strongly highlighted by the film's darkest tragicomic twist from the very beginning.

[I]t may be argued that the existence of "terrorists" in the film (i.e., Jill Layton, Buttle/Tuttle, and Sam are all accused of being terrorists) and various "terrorist" acts (i.e., the restaurant and shop bombing, the blown up car) are deliberately made ambiguous - it is very probable that the central threat of terrorism is the government's way to silence deviation, provoke fear, cover up its multiple errors, and provide a scapegoat enemy. Viewers must interpret this central theme of the film for themselves - and recognize the fact that ironically - there may be no terrorists at all.
There is no direct evidence that Jill has anything to do with the various bombings, or even that Tuttle has committed any of the terrorist acts of which the government accuses him - he carries a handgun for self-protection, and the only time he appears to be in charge of a bombing is later revealed to be one of Sam's dream sequences. Since the film never shows who is responsible for the bombings, it is left to the viewer to decipher.

in my opinion this film is weird, oh and I have seen it on youtube
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