Blue Desert

Set in the distant future, this Brazilian fantasy is a peculiar mix of sci-fi and new-age spiritual inquiry. A young ne’er-do-well seeking transcendence has trouble focusing his thoughts in the gadget-filled city he calls home; he often dreams of wandering an empty desert landscape and sometimes crosses paths with an old man determined to paint the desert blue. For better and for worse, this reminded me of Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem: it’s great to look at and occasionally thought-provoking, but it doesn’t really go anywhere and director-cowriter Eder Santos lacks Gilliam’s ingratiating sense of humor. In Portuguese with subtitles.