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Additional Scenes: The S.U.D.A.M. Scheme; Tricking of the Frogs, Egg of Columbus; The Complete Ear Reconstruction Surgery; Singing to the Frogs, Bulletproof Glass: A Love Story, The Helicopter Pads of Sao Paulo
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The documentary paints an amazing portrait of Sao Paolo, whose class system seems largely the result of centuries of corruption. One of the most interesting aspects of the film is a comparison that is unusually never directly pointed out. The frogs being farmed are cooped up, and will occasionally eat one another. In a film highlighting people living in a crime-ridden and impoverished city, the subtle comparison fits perfectly.
The real footage of kidnap victims is totally raw, and the interview with the kidnapper is both profound and gritty. The documentary is shot and framed well, and offers some amazing views of the good and bad that Sao Paolo has to offer. If you enjoy a documentary that makes you think, you should absolutely add Manda Bala to your collection.
Well worth the purchase price and the investment of time to watch.
First and foremost about this movie had to be the cinematography. This is not a trait you would necessarily associate with docs but this one just set the bar. The overall scenery was gorgeous, and some of the angles they used with the high speed camera, especially at the frog farm, peaked my interest. I also liked the ear replacement scene in the dimmed operating room.
I liked the music selection as well. I did think the sound editing was a little confused. It seemed that parts had the background music so loud that you couldn't really hear the interviews. Of course, I don't speak Portuguese anyway so I'm not sure exactly what I'm complaining about.
This movie also has a bit of footage from ransom tapes that are mixed in. As the film progresses, this clips continue to get more and more graphic. It actually is a little surprising that the director chose to put some of the more gut-wrenching scenes in because it comes up so gradually. I didn't find this to be overly sensationalistic and if you are squeamish, you have plenty of time to close your eyes.
The problem I had with this documentary was that for the vast majority of it, I wasn't sure of its thesis.Read more ›
It's interesting that the movie City of God was a fictional story shot in a documentary style with digital video. Manda Bala was a non-fiction documentary shot with film, which was more labor-intensive but resulted in better images.
Must see film for ALL Brazilian people.
The truth is not always easy to be faced but is necessary.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a very good and different reportage about kidnaping in S.Paulo - Brazil. You have to buy it to see.Published on December 24, 2011 by Jose Antonio Goncalves
The documentary was very interesting, and had the potential to be worthy of five stars, but I was dumbfounded as to why so many important interviews had no subtitles or... Read morePublished on June 1, 2009 by Patrick
I don't know if there are recognized 'genres' of documentary, outside the general grouping of history, or nature, and the like, but there is definitely a subset of these films that... Read morePublished on April 22, 2009 by Bryan Byrd
Manda Bala tackles some very difficult themes in a way that is factual yet palatable enough to draw an audience into the story. Read morePublished on April 1, 2009 by Mark
Manda Bala (Send A Bullet) exposes the vast extent of corruption and crime in Brazil. This film is definitely not for the faint of heart; there are some graphic images including... Read morePublished on February 27, 2009 by Matthew G. Sherwin
This is some bold and brilliant stuff from director Jason Kohn. It's an insightful (and at times shocking) meditation on the cycle of violence and corruption in São Paulo and... Read morePublished on February 9, 2009 by Andy Orrock