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Wagner Moura’s directorial debut is a ballsy, bloody and quite brilliant biopic focusing on the final year in the life of Carlos Marighella, the Marxist writer and guerrilla fighter who actively opposed Brazil’s ruthless military dictatorship during the 1960s. Seu Jorge delivers the acting performance of his career at the centre of this swaggering epic tale, presenting Marighella as a complex character, a doting father and affectionate comrade who eagerly takes up arms against violent oppressors. In the age of Bolsonaro, Marighella has caused controversy in its home country and there’s no denying it is provocative. It is also urgent, technically impeccable and utterly thrilling. MH