"Does a fantastic premise have more or less impact if it stops being fantasy? Or just a different kind of impact? That’s the curious situation Brazilian filmmaker Iuli Gerbase’s “The Pink Cloud” finds itself in, enough so that it opens with a making-of disclaimer — that it was written in 2017, filmed in 2019, and that any resemblance to real events is “purely coincidental.”

Anyone not grasping the significance of those date markers will do so very shortly. The movie opens with a placid skyline changed by the sudden appearance of some wispy carnation-colored formations, while an ominously rippling score emerges, sounding like a wind instrument section on the attack. Then we see a boy with his dog on a seaside walk. Suddenly surrounded by an approaching puff of pink, he collapses."

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