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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Praia do Futuro" )

 

directed by Karim Aïnouz
Brazil/Germany 2014

 

A German dirtbiker drowning in the picturesque but treacherous waters of Futuro Beach brings together Brazilian military fire brigade officer Donato (Wagner Moura, ELYSIUM) who failed to save him and the victim's war buddy Konrad (Clemens Schick, THE DARK VALLEY) who almost drowned in the rescue attempt. Guilt and grief lead to a one night stand between the two repressed men, but an attraction develops over the next few days even as the recovery of the body seems unlikely. Konrad prepares to head back to Berlin but promises to return if the body is found, but Donato impulsively goes home with him for the spring. Donato decides to stay with Konrad in spite of finding Berlin chilly and bleak, having nothing to do while Konrad is at work (his poor German further isolating him from others), and the pull of his responsibilities to his job, his mother, and his hero-worshipping kid brother Ayrton (Savio Ygor Ramos) at home. As the years pass, Donato remains in Berlin instead of returning home and starts building his own life, only for his now-grown brother Ayrton (Jesuíta Barbosa) to suddenly appear to confront him about his abandonment of him and the family; but running away turns out to be his regular response to conflict, and long-estranged Konrad takes it upon himself to set things right. Often visually-striking but somewhat underdeveloped, FUTURO BEACH is divided into three poetically-titled chapters - "The Drowned Man's Embrace", "A Hero Cut in Half", and "The German-speaking Ghost" - that address the protagonist's dramatic arc more explicitly than the film itself; yet, it touches upon a universal struggle between the identity one has already established with family and friends and the new possibilities (or the possibility to escape) that come with new relationships.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 27 February 2015 (USA)

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DVD Review: Strand Releasing - Region 1 - NTSC

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Strand Releasing

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:47:00
Video

2.34:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 8.25 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Portuguese/German/English Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Strand Releasing

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.34:1

Edition Details:
� Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 1:34)
� Strand Releasing Trailers

DVD Release Date: May th, 2015
Amaray

Chapters 8

 

 

 

Comments

Strand Releasing's high-bitrate, dual-layer, progressive, anamorphic transfer looks as superficially attractive as the film itself, with only the traces of edge enhancement we have come to expect from some encoders' downscaling from high definition to SD MPEG-2. The Dolby Digital 5.1 track is restrained but for scenes with loud music and some beach atmosphere in the Brazilian scenes (the sound design of the German scenes makes it seem as bleak as the chilly photography). The optional English subtitles translate the Portuguese and German dialogue as well as (thankfully) the broken English the protagonist sometimes use to communicate with others. The only extras are the film's theatrical trailers and trailers for STRANGER BY THE LAKE, SALVATION ARMY, THE WAY HE LOOKS, and CUPCAKES.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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