Good Manners

(As boas maneiras)
Marco Dutra, Juliana Rojas | Fiction, Comedy, Drama, Thriller

2018 | 135 minutes | Brazil

When lonely nurse Clara is hired as a nanny by wealthy Ana, she hardly expects the dark secrets which will engulf all that they hold dear.


When lonely nurse Clara (Isabél Zuaa) is hired as a nanny by wealthy Ana (Marjorie Estiano), she hardly expects anything like the friendship she finds with the lonely, pregnant woman. However, both women have dark secrets which will engulf all that they hold dear.


"Some genre films are enjoyable to watch but leave no trace in the brain’s synapses, whereas others dig deeper, playing with fantasy elements to address issues that matter in the real world, where mythical creatures (and superheroes for that matter) don’t exist.  Good Manners falls into that latter category, thanks to the diligence shown by writer-directors Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra, who use werewolf mythology to comment on class, difference, and desire." — Jay Weissberg, Variety

"An unnerving werewolf tale that explores themes of motherhood and otherness, sometimes suggesting a retelling of Frankenstein. But with a werewolf. Yet for all the blood and gore, this is a quiet, gentle story…” —Village Voice

Main credits

Rojas, Juliana (film director)
Rojas, Juliana (screenwriter)
Dutra, Marco (film director)
Dutra, Marco (screenwriter)
Jonescu, Maria (film producer)
Silveira, Sara (film producer)
Duboin, Clément (film producer)
Corvez, Frédéric (film producer)
Isabél Zuaa (actor)
Estiano, Marjorie (actor)
Lobo, Miguel (actor)

Other credits

Director of photography, Rui Poças; editor, Caetano Gotardo; music, Guilherme Garbato, Gustavo Garbato.

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Austin Film Festival - Fantastic Features; Biarritz International Festival of Latin American Cinema - Jury Special Mention; Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema - Best Picture; Gérardmer Film Festival - Best Film; Janela do Recife International Film Festival - Best Image 

DIRECTOR: Marco Dutra, Juliana Rojas


YEAR: 2018

GENRE: Fiction, Comedy, Drama, Thriller

LANGUAGE: Portuguese

COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School, High School, College, Adults



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