The Cannibal Club – Brazil, 2018

‘Nothing like a home cooked meal’

The Cannibal Club – original title: O Clube dos Canibais is a 2018 Brazilian comedy horror feature film written and directed by Guto Parente. The Tardo Filmes production stars Tavinho Teixeira, Ana Luiza Rios, Pedro Domingues and Zé Maria.

Plot:

Otavio and Gilda are a very wealthy couple from the Brazilian elite who have the habit of eating their employees. Otavio owns a private security company and is a notable member of The Cannibal Club.

When Gilda accidentally discovers a secret from Borges, a powerful congressman and the Club’s leader, her and her husband’s lives are in grave danger…

Reviews:

“With a short runtime of 81 minutes, Guto Parente packs an elephant into a suitcase. If you have the palate for distaste…this is a feast. There’s no denying…cannibalism has never been so entertaining…what a strange thing to say about such a strange film! Loved it.” CGiii

“You go into a movie called The Cannibal Club expecting that it will turn your stomach. It will, but not to the degree that you’d assume. Viscera flow in just a couple key scenes, expertly shot and effectively edited for some of the most—forgive me—tasty gore that you’re likely to find…” St. John MacArthur, Cinebiter

“It’s not a dog-eat-dog world, it’s a few dogs eating all the other dogs: the kind of thing that tends to lead to heads in buckets and corpses hanging off bridges. The gore is relatively spare but beautifully executed and the performances, pitched as types and moods more than deep characterizations, are committed.” Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central

” …Parente and Lanthimos perhaps share similar aims in wryly jabbing at elusive social power-holders and their oppression of the oblivious, but pure working classes. For all its transitory silliness and occasional dullness, there’s nevertheless something satisfying about seeing the self-destructive nature of desperate power play, quite literally, laid bare.” Film Inquiry

“By the end (which is inevitable and deeply unsurprising), The Cannibal Club loses a lot of its intended satirical effect. Although a humorous diversion and a good laugh at the rich, it never goes beyond its surface-level Hannibal-esque pleasures to see what really lies beneath. In other words, this dish is cold.” Redmond Bacon, Goomba Stomp

“Parente’s script deliberately eschews subtlety, but his stylish direction — making particularly effective use of Fernando Catatau’s sleazy, jazzy score — sugars the tartness of the medicine with a superficially sophisticated but essentially vulgar glaze. Carnal desires are all that matter here…” Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter

Release:

Uncork’d Entertainment is releasing The Cannibal Club in select theaters on March 1, 2019, and will be available On Demand on March 5, 2019.

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