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Brazilian filmmaker Sergio Bianchi says filmmakers who let themselves be "colonized" by Hollywood are trying to "copy a reality which isn't our own," and though this 1987 film eschews emotional manipulation for post-Godardian stylistic fragmentation, it's entertaining anyway. An anarchic and mordant vision of 60s political radicalism and sexual liberation, it concerns a reporter investigating the mysterious death of Antonio, a left-wing journalist who propounded conspiracy theories about the chemical industry and toxic pollution. The dead man's friend and roommate, who cruises for gay sex, wonders if AIDS was the cause of death and whether Antonio got it from him or vice versa. Antonio appears mostly in clips from movies and TV, but there's also a flashback in which he vandalizes a politician's office. Bianchi never reaches any conclusions, yet it's hard not to like a film in which a bare-breasted woman standing in front of a giant abstract painting declares to the camera, "The collective dream is the source of the permanent revolution." In Portuguese with subtitles. 97 minutes. Facets Cinematheque, 1517 W. Fullerton, Sunday, September 8, 1:00, 773-281-4114.

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