One of the year's most singular debuts with this winningly bizarre, genre-melding political satire

“Co-directed by Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt, Diamantino is a 21st century fairy tale that centers on a beautiful, child-like soccer phenom named Diamantino who reacts to a devastating World Cup loss by adopting a Mozambican refugee who claims to be a teen boy but is actually an adult lesbian on an undercover mission from the Portuguese government to investigate a money-laundering operation run by the athlete’s evil twin sisters. Also, there’s a mad scientist who’s trying to clone Diamantino in order to create an invincible super team capable of stoking national pride and ‘Making Portugal Great Again.’ Also, there are giant puppies. A lot of them. And that’s just the basic set-up.

“Unfolding like a blissful cross between Guy Maddin’s lo-fi surrealism and Jeff Koons’ candied indecency — the directors have cited “an anarchy of references” — “Diamantino” is a frothy and infectiously sweet film that bubbles with the madness of the modern world, and dares to suggest a way forward that’s as simple as the moral at the end of a children’s story.” - IndieWire


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