Rio Reels On

As you can see, there's more to Brazil than Samba, Lula, and Ronaldo

Stuffed with symbolic tools, Mango Yellow fulfills its role as an art film. Over a period of time the characters act out strange situations that only bring them to new lows. There is little redemption in this tale. As a character piece, the film stands out with the subtle performances of its cast. However, its reliance on metaphorical references make the point of Assis's cinematic exercise difficult to decipher. He draws on the jaundiced taint of mango pulp, simultaneously sweet and sticky. It could be a rich and exciting treasure, but it is one fraught with consequences that in the end will rot -- for better or for worse. Playing on June 7 at 7:00 p.m. -- Juan Carlos Rodriguez

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