vaquejada doesn't ring an immediate bell, you'll remember it after viewing the Brazilian film, NEON BULL. (You're going to remember a few other things about this movie, as well.) Vaquejada is a kind of Brazilian rodeo sport in which the bull -- dehorned, it seems -- is trapped between two horses and then pulled to the ground not by the usual roping that we're used to but by yanking very hard on the bull's tail until he is forced to the ground.
Gabriel Mascaro's new movie (the filmmaker is shown at left), but it turns out to be only one of them. Another is clothing design, a skill to which our hero, Iremar, aspires -- to this end using the lithe body of his "companion," Galega, who earns her living as an "exotic dancer" (two photos down), as his model. Iremar's "money" job is dusting the tails of those bulls prior to their pulling, and another of his roles is being a kind of surrogate father to Galega's on-the-cusp-of-the-teen-years daughter. That our boy manages all of this -- and a good deal more -- is a testament to his strength, virility and focus.
Juliano Cazarré (above), who has some 29 credits on his resume, though I doubt that any of them will resonate quite the way this role does. Cazarré possess a masculine beauty, strength and grace that puts him immediately in a class by himself. Facially and physically -- from his stature and movement to his sizeable cock, which is on lengthy display during a group shower scene -- he's a standout. His acting,too, seems just right for this particular role that calls for a combination of strength, focus and keeping any emotion very close to the vest.
Maeve Jinkings, above) as the model for his clothing "creations," which will not, I think, set the fashion world ablaze anytime soon. The two seem to have no sexual relationship, however. She instead does it with a young newcomer to the group, while he has a lengthy, full-out sexual encounter with a very pregnant woman (shown below and not fertilized by our man) whom he meets as she hawks her perfumes.
Alyne Santana, below) -- the young daughter who will probably never know either the mother or father she deserves -- asks Iremar for a hug and he gives it (above), the emotional high point of the movie is reached. And that happens maybe one-third into the film's 101 minutes. Afterward, everyone simply goes back to his or her next step on the way to momentary satisfaction.
Kino Lorber, opens this Friday, April 8, in New York City at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and on April 15 in Los Angeles at Laemmle's Ahrya Fine Arts and Noho 7. To see all currently scheduled playdates with cities and theaters, click here and scroll down.