MEDUSA (TIFF2021) – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Medusa is wild, glamorous, and marked with a dark, slick fury. But it’s not all surface sheen; Anita Rocha da Silveira is clearly no one’s fool and has little interest in subtlety in her take-down of the hypocrisy and violence of the religious right. While set in contemporary Brazil, there’s a universality to the film’s tale of young women caught in the contradictory frenzy of the unrelenting gaze of others – male and female – which, of course, contains a power that the film’s very name underscores with its ancient, mythic potency.

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