Screened at the 2021 Venice Film Festival, “7 Prisoners” presents itself in a tense trailer as a high-end social thriller. Directed by Alexandre Moratto and played in particular by Christian Malheiros and Rodrigo Santoro, the film will be available in November on Netflix.
7 prisoners, new The city of God ?
7 prisoners is a Brazilian film presented in parallel section at the Venice Film Festival 2021, and it is part of a Netflix acronym peloton which performed well during the festival. There are The Power of the Dog by Jane Campion, The Lost Daughter by Maggie Gyllenhaal and God’s hand by Paolo Sorrentino. If these three films competed in official competition and were distinguished there, was therefore also presented 7 prisoners. A film directed by Alexandre Moratto and produced by two names synonymous with quality: Ramin Bahrani and Fernando Meirelles.
Growing up in the 21st century world
This year is out The White Tiger by Ramin Bahrani, a film of learning and emancipation of a young boy and whose action takes place in India. Critical success but remained confidential, it does not have the reputation of Fernando Meirelles’ great film, The city of God. Nevertheless these two films want to tell the same thing, the fates of a popular youth in the face of the inequalities of a cruel and violent world, and it is therefore logical that 7 prisoners is also part of this trend with its history of modern slavery and human trafficking in Sao Paulo. And as the trailer shows (at the head of the article), the film assumes the ambition of its two dimensions, both social chronicle and thriller.
The pitch is as follows: aged 18, Mateus leaves the countryside to find a job in a Sao Paulo landfill. But he and his comrades will be victims of a system close to slavery, entirely handed over to their boss. Mateus finds himself trapped: he has to help his boss and carry out his ordersotherwise he and his family will pay the consequences.
Performed in particular by Christian Malheiros and Rodrigo Santoro, the latter being notably known for his role of Xerxes in 300 and its sequel, 7 prisoners arrives on Netflix during the month of November.