Neon Bull

Neon Bull

DVD - 2016 | Portuguese
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This film takes place within the world of the vaquejada, a traditional exhibition sport in which cowboys try to pull bulls to the ground by their tails. Neon Bull explores the vaquejada through the eyes of Iremar, a handsome cowboy who works the events. While he's not afraid to get his hands dirty, Iremar's real dream is to design exotic outfits for dancers.
Publisher: New York, New York : Kino Lorber [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9786316580528
6316580525
Branch Call Number: DVD POR/ENG NEON
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (103 min.) : DVD video, sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
4 3/4 in.,stamping
NTSC
video file,region 1
DVD video
Alternative Title: Boi neon (Motion picture)

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Nursebob
Sep 07, 2019

No Hollywood-style underdog story, writer/director Gabriel Mascaro’s slow, lyrical poem of a film never moves far from where it began as Iremar’s days unfold in a heat shimmer of quotidian chores and flights of fancy while everywhere scenes of bulls and humans rutting, eating, and preening side by side—the former penned in by wooden gates, the latter by poverty and ignorance—blur the line between the Keepers and the Kept. While there may be some social overtones (curly vs straight hair provides a bone of contention) Mascaro more or less offers a gentle observance of dreams deferred that mixes classical allegory as when a carnal encounter between artist and muse unfolds (appropriately enough) in a garment factory, and welcome flashes of crude humour—an attempt to purloin prize horse semen will leave PETA members either outraged or reaching for a cigarette. Although other films have drawn parallels between animals and humans (1995’s "Angels and Insects" compared bugs to English gentry and Iceland’s upper crust was reduced to crumbs in 2013’s "Of Horses and Men") Mascaro doesn’t seem to have an ulterior agenda to push which makes his story all the more poignant.

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