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The Nightshifter

Morto Não Fala

A morgue worker breaks the unspoken code of the dead, with terrifying consequences, in this evocative and idiosyncratic Brazilian chiller.

Dir Dennison Ramalho
Prod Nora Goulart
Scr Dennison Ramalho, Claudia Jouvin
With Daniel de Oliveira, Fabíula Nascimento, Bianca Comparato
Brazil
2018
110min
Sales Globo
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Stênio, a mortician’s assistant at a busy São Paulo hospital, makes a living tending to the dead. He also has a secret – a gift that allows him to communicate with the lifeless bodies he encounters. Privy to the grave secrets of many an ill-fated local gangster, Stênio learns of a shocking betrayal in his own life and uses information gained from the cadavers to take care of the problem. But he is unwise to abuse his uncanny gift, quickly learning it is best to let sleeping corpses lie. The debut feature from Dennison Ramalho (who wrote the most recent Coffin Joe entry Embodiment of Evil), The Nightshifter is a film as tricksy as its title would suggest – unafraid to defy expectations with its fluctuating tones and bold narrative sidesteps.

Michael Blyth

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