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At face value, this tale of violence and carnage on two wheels is as straightforward as horror-thrillers can get. However, strip away the blood and gore, and you’ll find some interesting psychological subtext lurking beneath the movie’s snarling veneer.
Motorrad sounds like a simplistically conventional exploitation movie, but there is a lot more going on than initially meets the eye. Plus, the vibe is indescribably out-there. Clearly, Amorim is processing disparate influences, such as Picnic at Hanging Rock, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, perhaps Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin, and most of Jodorowsky’s filmography. The tone is weirdly unsettling, even though his sprawling visuals are frequently quite beautiful.
It is one of the strangest films of the year, yet it also fulfills its slasher horror movie duties. Highly recommended for adventurous audiences. (Full article here)
As the only film entry to represent Brazil at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, Vicente Amorim’s Motorrad enjoyed much success as part of the fest’s Contemporary World Cinema slate.
Original and daring, Motorrad, Vicente Amorim’s seventh feature, tells a unique and bold story with a thriller twist. Wild and weird, it’s supposed to be: it’s a metaphor for the ghosts within us all that we must learn to tame. (17 must-see latin american movies at TIFF)
The Film Stage
You won’t find a better locale for a film than Serra da Canastra in Minas Gerais, Brazil. Its rocky landscapes and serene hills are gorgeous, their quiet solemnity a perfect contrast to the loud gas-guzzling motorcycles director Vicente Amorim has roaming their dirt paths in Motorrad. The result is an interesting film steeped in ambiguity and metaphor.
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Filled to bursting with breakneck action, explosive violence, artistic cinematography, and a desaturated palette that echoes the barren landscape in which it takes place, Motorrad is an amazingly effective slasher flick (…). Bloody, fast paced, and brutal, Motorrad is a high octane murder machine that will surely satisfy stalk n’ slash fanatics!
Diana Sanchez (TIFF)
Original and daring, Motorrad, Vicente Amorim’s seventh feature, tells a unique and bold story with a thriller twist. Hugo (Guilherme Prates) is determined to fit in with his older brother’s dirt-bike gang. Sneaking into a junkyard to find a much-needed motorcycle part, Hugo is apprehended by a mysterious and beautiful woman. He catches up with his brother’s posse on a joyride in an isolated region of Brazil but their adventure is cut short by an ancient wall blocking their path. Things take an ominous turn when they inexplicably cannot find the trail back, and discover they are being hunted by a machete-wielding bike gang intent on killing them all.
If this sounds wild and weird, it’s supposed to be: it’s a metaphor for the ghosts within us all that we must learn to tame. Creating an atmosphere of suspense throughout, Amorim’s Motorrad is a terrifying and fun commentary on both coming of age and group psychology.