Prepare to be entranced and shocked by the latest collaboration from Brazilian duo Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra (Hard Labor, 2011). Clara (Isabél Zuaa, outstanding) is poor, black and unemployed. Against the odds, she lands a live-in nanny job in the posh São Paulo apartment of Ana (Marjorie Estiano), a pregnant white woman whose rich family have disowned her. As Ana’s delivery date approaches the women become lovers. But Ana has begun to act very strangely when the moon is full... From its meticulously-arranged opening as a drama about race, class and wealth, Good Manners twists into a scary and wonderfully idiosyncratic tale of love and lycanthropy. The spirit of 1940s RKO horrors inhabits this thoroughly modern werewolf noir.
Just as lycanthropes combine human and lupine aspects, the picture itself is a hybrid of art house and genre cinema, combining sharp social commentary with Grand Guignol fantasy. – Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter
Genre defying and genuinely unexpected, this intriguing urban fairytale takes the mythology of the werewolf story and uses it as a prism through which to view contemporary Brazilian society. – Wendy Ide, Screen International