"Carmo, Hit the Road" is a screwball Brazilian road movie with a few screws loose.
“Carmo, Hit the Road” is a screwball Brazilian road movie with a few screws loose. Freshly set in the Wild West along the border with Bolivia and Paraguay, this devil-may-care romp spins on an impulsive love-hate tryst of convenience between a Brazilian vamp and a wheelchair-bound Argentinean lowlife. Debuting feature helmer Murilo Pasta, who’s directed much British TV, throws everything he can think of into the pot; some ingredients come out overcooked, some raw and a few just right. Pic might fly in some South and Central American markets, but is too erratic to get far in Yank or Euro release.
At loose ends and keeping very gamey company, slim and sexy Carmo (Mariana Loureiro) hooks up with cranky Marco (Fele Martinez), whose truckload of hot merchandise was stolen by two other lowlifes. Many cars, chases and breakups later, they’re still at it, albeit unsure what they really want from one another. Pasta’s shotgun approach, inspired by the wildest stylings of Leone, Fellini and Tarantino, is initially amusing but feels increasingly arbitrary as the pic’s fuel supply nears empty. Locations and live-wire Loureiro rep its two greatest assets.