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Hoje

Directed by Tata Amaral

Brazil, 2011

HOME, 24 July 2016

Hoje

The winner of the 2011 Brazilian Film Festival, Hoje (the title translates as Today) attempts to make some sort of reckoning with the country’s troubled political past.

We are shown Vera (the myriad talented Denise Fraga), a woman moving into a new flat to start a fresh life. But there appears a revenant, her husband, who turns up unannounced. A ghost from the past, he had been arrested long ago and become one of ‘the disappeared’, presumed dead.

It is a potent, harrowing study of volatile guilt and moral erosion. What strength you need in this world just to survive.

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