Bog of Beasts (2006)

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Avg Rating: 3.6 / 5. Voted: 47

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AKA: Baixio das Bestas
Year: 2006
Directed by: Claudio Assis
Starring: Mariah Teixeira (Auxiliadora), Fernando Teixeira (Grandfather), Caio Blat (Cicero)
Country: Brazil
Language: Portuguese (English subtitles)
Runtime: 01:24:20
Genres: Old-Young, Incest, Domestic Abuse, Prostitution, Rape-Sexual-Violence against Women

Plot – Spoilers:
Bog of Beasts is primarily a movie about the abuse of power and the bullshit spewed by those in power to justify its abuse.

Auxiliadora is a 16 year old girl who lives with her grandfather in a poor village in Brazil where sugarcane is the cash crop. The old man pimps her out to truckers and others who frequent a gas station with a catch – they’re not allowed to touch her but can stand around and jerk off. Ironically, the pleasure joint is the back of a church. It turns out that Auxiliadora is a product of his incestuous relationship with his daughter who fled a few years back. The old man therefore lives in perennial fear that Auxiliadora will one day find a boyfriend and get the hell out of there.

The parallel track is of a bunch of rich powerful young men who treat the prostitutes at a local brothel like shit and spend their days in wanton excesses. One of them has a guilty eye on Auxiliadora.

A couple of things strike you in this movie. At every stage there are dangers lurking around, and you wonder how Auxiliadora manages to escape getting raped or abducted until when she does. It’s also fascinating how the old man who’s kind of crippled in one leg manages to exercise so much control over everyone – Auxiliadora, the guy who’s digging outside his home and even his customers (none of them even attempt to take liberties with her).

While Bog of Beasts is a fairly interesting critique of the powerful, it is narrow in that it only looks at the abuse of power by men. In that, it does a pretty great job.

Favourite Scenes:
1. The opening scenes:
The hypocrisies are thrust in your face. First, when Cicero is turned on by Auxiliadora’s young body and yet curses the old man for pimping her out. This shocking opening sequence then leads into a conversation between the old man and his friend about everything that’s wrong with the world today.

All these characters seem to believe there is something wrong with the world, and yet their bestial instincts often take precedence. Or it could be that they justify their hypocrisies with – the world is shit and we are merely victims of our times.

2. The rape scenes:
The two scenes with the prostitutes avoid capturing the brutality and come across a bit soft as a result. However the final rape of Auxiliadora by Cicero sheds any such softness and captures the power he wields with his gun. At every moment during it, you can see how he is just a moment away from blowing her brains out and that he wouldn’t care one bit. As his buddy earlier contemptuously remarked – the poor just don’t die easily.

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I love girls
I love girls
September 12, 2023 9:39 am

every boy ever born, till they Hit 50, are all seen as minors and even act as a minor does, and so are treated as minors, and most guys never grow up. still acting the fool, trying to be cool. when all they are is a minor never grown up, and then thinks and makes very bold claims that he is an adult, LMFAO.

August 29, 2023 2:17 pm

I can’t imagine why anyone makes a film this empty; empty of virtue, empathy, kindness, conscientiousness, and empty of a message of any hope at all. Nearly every single character other than Auxiliadora was a slimy piece of SHIT.. living in a hell hole. If there is a God, I’d think that he’d wipe this shit-stain area off the face of the planet with a meteor strike. These people are nothing but a shit-suckin bug on a gnats’ ass. There wasn’t a smidgen of intellect in that entire community. I have a bag of hammers smarter than the lot of them. And I wanted five minutes with every single young LAZY-ASS male in it – to beat them to death with my hands. And then order all the older men and a few women who exploit other females.. (who all seem to have no moral outrage at the way people treat one another).. into the old sugar mill and light the whole pile of wickedness into a burning lake of fire and eternal damnation. haha. Hope can come from justice.

minha fleur
minha fleur
August 26, 2023 6:51 am

os gringos tão achando o filme chato por causa dos simbolismos

hard slap
hard slap
August 8, 2023 6:17 pm

yea this movie was fucked up alright! fucked up with wasting time and dragging ass! how is this even on your list? it makes this site look shitty!

Regan MacNeil
Regan MacNeil
July 20, 2023 4:14 am

Pretty boring . . . I wonder what that whore was supposed to be thinking when she got into that car with all those guys? They wanted to play Monopoly? I guess viewers were supposed to feel sorry for her, but not me.

July 31, 2021 6:06 am

vai brasil porra

Just Askin', dawg
Just Askin', dawg
February 13, 2021 8:28 pm

What do you think may drive someone to behave this way? Aside from obvious reasons, such as psychopathy, nihilism, bitterness/resentment, revenge, etc.? How much does nurture (aside from abuse) play into this? Nature can affect it, for sure. No surprise that violent people create violent offspring (not always, but generally likely, especially if they witness the behavior. Do you think a certain level of discipline, or total lack thereof, can make it so that others think this is permissible?

December 5, 2020 5:38 pm

Didn’t really find this very intense. A little boring during some scenes. I think the movie was made to portray how women are discriminated against by men and it if thats true then it did a wonderful job. Its an ok movie.

June 22, 2020 2:53 am

The whole lot of them are idiots who refuse take responsibility for their lot in life. So as a result, the pecking order is in effect. What a bunch of losers. However, the acting was was well played and the scenes of violence left alot to the imagination…good job.

June 9, 2020 2:37 am