Medusa (2021)

Director: Anita Rocha da Silveira
Writer: Anita Rocha da Silveira
Cast: Mari Oliveira, Bruna Linzmeyer, Thiago Fragoso, Lara Tremouroux, Bruna G., Felipe Frazão, Joana Medeiros, Arthur Santileone
Part of: Viennale
Seen on: 25.10.2021

Content Note: (critical treatment of) misogyny, religious extremism, domestic violence

Mari (Mari Oliveira) is part of a tight-knit group of young women, with Michele (Lara Tremouroux) as their leader. They are all part of the same church where they are the church choir. Their church emphasizes the importance of flawless beauty as a reflection of a pure life, and the women have to work very hard to keep to the standards that Michele and Mari set. But that’s not enough for them. At night, they put on masks and chase the local women who are not part of their church, who are sinners, to quite literally put the fear of god in them. But one of those outings takes a different turn and Mari finds herself questioning things for the first time.

Medusa takes apart evangelical churches in Brazil from a feminist perspective and it is absolutely glorious to watch. I really loved it.

The film poster showing Michele (Lara Tremoroux) and Mari (Mari Oliveira) huddling in bushes.
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