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7 Prisoners (7 prisioneiros) (2021)

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Critic Consensus: A hard-hitting drama that feels disconcertingly real, 7 Prisoners blends sharp storytelling with a searing social conscience.

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18-year-old Mateus (Christian Malheiros) hopes to provide a better life for his working-class family in the countryside. Accepting a new job in São Paolo, he is shuttled into the city with a handful of other teenage boys from his town, unaware of what awaits them: exhausting work in a scrapyard and their identity cards seized by a vicious taskmaster and exploiter, Luca (Rodrigo Santoro), who threatens them with the unthinkable if they try to escape. But, as Mateus learns, even the boss has a boss. And if he wants to find a way out, what will he have to become?

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Critic Reviews for 7 Prisoners (7 prisioneiros)

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If the pay-offaims for the gut and misses, the journey to that point provides a searing microcosm of a corrupt and degrading system.

November 18, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

With "7 Prisoners," Moratto proves himself as a director of many talents.

November 18, 2021 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

The rather on-the-nose storytelling grows increasingly complex and interesting the further that the protagonist ventures into morally ambiguous territory.

November 17, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This film about modern slavery is as emotionally gruelling as you might expect, with a story you need to be ready for. It is also one that will brilliantly wrongfoot you.

November 11, 2021 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Rather than being a simple examination of a social problem, the film excels at excavating the deep-rooted, sprawling violence that affects everyone living under hierarchies of power.

November 11, 2021 | Full Review…

Moratto's follow-up to his gem "Socrates" is gripping, well-acted and feels disturbingly like a documentary.

November 11, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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