VIFF 2014: Casa Grande a smartly mounted effort

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      Casa Grande (Brazil)  

      This more straightforward cousin of Neighbouring Sounds also details class and race consciousness in modern Brazil, here riffing on a famous book (called The Big House) about plantation culture in slavery days, which lasted until 1888. The smartly mounted effort, mostly set in a modernist villa on a lush edge of Rio, follows the young heir to a fast-crumbling fortune, as he hovers between honest self-discovery and numbing entitlement. (Hint: he’s very good with the servants.)

      Rio, September 27 (1:30 p.m.) and October 8 (4:15 p.m.); SFU, October 10 (9 p.m.)