Films are interpretations that focus on certain aspects while glossing over others. Remembering, so that we can forget.
Films can engage in a spirit of reconciliation to smooth over things. So, even though films can help a viewer experience history, their reconstruction of the past can be narrow and heavy with interpretation. Accordingly, films should be taken with a grain of salt because history is a contested space; thus, resulting in films competing as dissenting versions. As such, Dr. Moreira described film adaptations as misleading translations since they’re not as restricted and influential due to the numerous studies today show that violent media impacts young minds.
Too often, Society takes the film as truth. The consequences? Effectual. We may learn a lesson, then move on to never think of it again. We may regard the film as truth, subsequently failing to see how injustices are being repeated, etc. These are only some consequences for the individual level. For society, a film can brainwash minds en masse.
Four Days in September was one of several movies in Brazilian Cinema about the Military Dictatorship. The movie plot was to portray young idealists carrying out an act of terrorism as being their only voice to their dreams given the conditions (military regime in control). It was critiqued for having too long and explicit torture scenes as well as depictions that supposedly suggested sexual relations, a scene was suppressed from the film.
The role of compulsive memory that applies to Four Days in September is that many Brazilians would rather forget the strict censorship from the 1970s to 1980s and the violent past of the military dictatorship. However, films such as these memorialize to inform/influence new generations who were too young to remember and provide an insight into the people who resisted the dictatorship.
“Compulsive Memory: Contemporary Brazilian Cinema and the Military Dictatorship” -Dr. Paulo Moreira