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Parents' Guide to

7 Prisoners

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Gritty Brazilian drama has language, violence.

Movie R 2021 93 minutes
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Formidable performances and a heart-wrenching story drive this disturbing drama from Brazil. The dynamics of the enslaved men in 7 Prisoners offer a study in human psychology. We see how slyly the foreman takes the smartest among them under his wing, slowly turning him against his own former companions. Rodrigo Santoro infuses Luca with a pulsing fury just beneath the surface, while Christian Malheiros' Mateus exudes a credible blend of cleverness and confusion. Their moods are matched by a cinematography bathed in shady blues and greens, punctuated by starkly sunlit cityscapes and junkyard scenes.

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