Watch: Democracia em Vertigem 2019 123movies, Full Movie Online – A cautionary tale for these times of democracy in crisis, the personal and political fuse in The Edge of Democracy to explore one of the most dramatic periods in Brazilian history. Combining unprecedented access to Presidents Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff with accounts of her own family’s complex political and industrial past, filmmaker Petra Costa (Elena, 2012) witnesses their rise and fall and the tragically polarized nation that remains..
Plot: A cautionary tale for these times of democracy in crisis—the personal and political fuse to explore one of the most dramatic periods in Brazilian history. With unprecedented access to Presidents Dilma Rousseff and Lula da Silva, we witness their rise and fall and the tragically polarized nation that remains.
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One of the best documentaries I’ve ever watched. Offers an in depth dicussion of the rise and fall of the socialdemocratic party in Brazil with an artisanal and thrilling 1.p-pov narrative.
Stopped after watching half. Not sure what it was, but the storytelling never grabbed me and I found it both too slow (constant interruptions of the core story with uninteresting personal recollections) and too fast (not enough time setting up the historical context and showing the sequence of events clearly).
A great review of our history, although not a imparcial one
It’s beautiful to get to see a brazilian-produced documentary about brazilians, made with such responsible care throughout decades of filming.
What lacks in this film, I think, are basically two things. Not in production or structure, in any way, but in narrative.
At the same time that Petra’s perspective of brazilian society adds to the experience of the movie, like her interesting backstory and presence in important political moments (awesomely shown), I feel like a certain degree of a clearer impartiality would really benefit the story that is told. Of course that, being a personal telling of Brazil’s history like this movie is, will inevitably include opinions, which are fairly presented. But I can’t help but to think that watching a little more of the other side of the political scandals, against the subjects of the film for example, would really be of benefit – not only to the movie to be it’s best and completest version it can be (by showing how complicated “choosing a side” can be), but concomitantly inviting a wider public that can watch and rate it fairly, and discuss more easily by having both sides widely expressed.
The second lacking, in a way, is the proposal of many unanswered questions. Probably it is intentional. Maybe by the fact that the story told in this documentary isn’t yet completed in reality, and most of the questions are still unanswerable today; or maybe because of the willingness of the director to portray this political scenery in a personal way, proposing that the narrator wants to show it hasn’t means to respond to what will happen. Either way, some answers would enrich, I think, the narrative.
Being a Brazilian myself, with a burning love for cinema, getting impressed by the quality of filmmaking and real moments, portrayed in a production from where I come from, was a really awesome feeling – although this film has a bit too much filming of Brasilia’s buildings and beauty-shots. The technical aspects of the film are impressive, even more by the content of rare moments of our recent history – a feeling of “being there” I don’t get since watching Poitras’ Academy-awarded “Citizenfour”.
It’s really worth it to watch this film, even if you disagree with the points presented. To admire the handling of a great filmmaker, that has great patience and structure to tell a perspective. This movie is a bright sign in the future of brazilian cinema.
Nice cinematography but suffers from a very immature understading of politics
The good: very nice cinematography on the sets and great panoramic takes of Brazilia, the capital city of Brazil. Gives an almost chronological overview of recent Brazilian political developments. I really liked the interviews of some nice people like Janaina and shows beautiful shoots of the people on the streets.
The bad: It is extremely biased politically, at the same level of Leni Riefenstahl’s propaganda movies for the National Socialist German Workers Party in the 1930s. This documentary is a work of propaganda for Lula and his (heavily criminally charged) Workers Party. The movie explicitly defends the condemned criminal of Lula, while claims any opposition to his authoritarian government, which ruled with the iron first of institutionalized bribery to control the houses of Congress and keep opposing parties under his thumb, is an attack on “democracy”. It reminds me of when Xi Jinping claims China is a democracy, and then he suffocates anything he sees as a threat to his power.
Lula has ruled Brazil for 14 years. During this period he destroyed the independence of most other competing political parties by buying then with institutionalized bribery programs, paid for with the money from state corporations such as petrobras as well as private contractors (in exchange for profitable contracts). Lula used the power of local strongmen in the poorest parts of Brazil to buy millions of votes to stay in power forever in the executive (himself or his puppets such as Dilma and Haddad) while the legislative was kept under control of the executive through bribery. The name of the situation where a certain organization takes control of a power of the State and suffocates other powers and institutions is dictatorship: Lula’s government was as democratic as the military dictators that preceded him. His government was similar to Putin in its methods. But, unlike Putin’s case, eventually the police found out this instituinalized system of political bribery (mainly because it became too big to hide while Brazil still had some institutions outside of Lula’s control) and Lula’s party was impeached from power, gradually yielding the power back to the Brazilian people, representing the return of democratic norms, which were consolidated in the elections of 2016 and 2018.
She eventually claims that Lula and his cronies were somehow corrupted by the evil system of Brazilian politics. As if she were completely unaware that Lula’s party is a Marxist Leninist party, an ideology which believes in the idea of violent revolution, and the stablishment of a dictatorship of the “proletariat”. They never were democrats! Which is proven by the fact that they do not recognize the legitimacy of any other political position.
As in the fact she, as a proper Marxist radical, paints the impeachment of Lula’s puppet as an attack on “democracy”. At the same time she demonizes all politicians from outside Lula’s party because they disagree with her. Apparently she is not aware that democracy is based on the dialogue of different political positions.
For example, she demonizes Brazil’s current president, Bolsonaro, who is perhaps the most popular politician in Brazilian history, who managed to earn 58 million votes without campaign money and any political support in his first presidential run, by portraying him as some sort of (poorly defined) virulent threat to “democracy”. It is true that, so far, his government has not been the most competent, but it already achieved a quantum leap in democratic participation vis previous governments based on bribery and authoritarian ideologies.
But I understand where her point of view comes from: she, being a member of the elite, has suffered the political brainwash that is performed on most elite Brazilians at school. So she rationalizes everything into a simplistic narrative of “good” (Lula) versus “evil” (anybody who disagrees with Lula). This simplistic populism is in my opinion the biggest political problem confronting Brazil.
Original Language pt
Runtime 2 hr 1 min (121 min)
Genre Documentary, History
Director Petra Costa
Writer Petra Costa, Carol Pires, David Barker
Actors Dilma Rousseff, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Marisa Letícia Lula da Silva
Awards Nominated for 1 Oscar. 3 wins & 15 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.78 : 1
Film Length N/A
Negative Format N/A
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format N/A