They Shot the Piano Player

2023

Action / Animation / Drama / History

5
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 80% · 45 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 73%
IMDb Rating 6.6/10 10 610 610

Top cast

Jeff Goldblum as Jeff Harris
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955.23 MB
1280*544
English 2.0
PG-13
24 fps
1 hr 43 min
Seeds 5
1.91 GB
1920*816
English 5.1
PG-13
24 fps
1 hr 43 min
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1.73 GB
1920*816
English 5.1
PG-13
24 fps
1 hr 43 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by valsamyel 6 / 10

They Shot the Piano Player

The film serves as a reminder that, beneath the surface of the music and the mesmerizing landscapes, lies a deeper narrative of struggle, resilience, and the indomitable spirit of those who resisted oppression. The poignant stories of the disappeared become a collective cry for justice, echoing through the years and demanding acknowledgment of the atrocities committed during that dark chapter in history.

In conclusion, "They Shot the Piano Player" is not just a documentary; it is a symphony of sight and sound that resonates with the heartstrings of its audience. The scattered narrative mirrors the disarray of a nation under the grip of political turmoil, while the vibrant visuals and soul-stirring music provide a compelling backdrop to the search for truth. Through Francisco Tenório Júnior's story, the film becomes a tribute to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity, an ode to those who vanished into the shadows but whose echoes linger in the soul of Brazil.

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Reviewed by chenp-54708 6 / 10

Interesting but could have been stronger

Got to see this from the DOC NYC Festival.

This is another collaboration from filmmakers Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal as their previous movie "Chico & Rita" was 13 years ago. Chico & Rita wasn't perfect but I enjoyed the movie for it's characters and ambitious tone. With this new movie, unfortunately, despite strong musical soundtracks and a pretty interesting concept, this movie is a bit underwhelming and not as strong as it is able to be.

Throughout, the movie focuses on the life and disappearance of jazz piano player Francisco Tenório and the narrative is told through a mix of documentary and fictional feature style with real people and fictional characters implemented into the narrative. Docudrama movies can be interesting and there are some interesting interview moments and themes explored within the movie. But as whole, the movie suffers from unbalance structures between concepts that were interesting and some not being interesting. As if there were concepts and some ideas that felt a bit lost or uneven. The animation, colors, and models are pretty good but there were a few models that were distracting and cheap looking.

Many of the interviews were interesting as the interviews do provide interesting insights on the characters and Tenório. Including some themes about Tenório background, the mystery and some history about Latin America. There are some themes and concepts I kind of wish were explored because they were certain ideas that felt left out or too thin to fully comprehend emotionally. The voice performances from the characters were solid and I like Jeff Goldblum but unfortunately, his narration ended up being slightly distracting halfway as his character felt too thin to care for.

The best aspects are on the musical soundtrack as the musical soundtracks of Brazilian music is amazing with good tones and sounds throughout. Solid pacing.

Overall, despite the uneven structure, I still remained at least interested to see where the movie was heading towards and at the end, I found it at least interesting. But it could have been better.

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