Visiting Buttle's widow, Sam encounters their neighbour Jill Layton, and is astonished to see that she resembles the woman from his recurring dreams. Buttle determine what happened to her husband, but her efforts are obstructed by bureaucracy.
Unknown to her, she is now considered a terrorist accomplice of Tuttle for attempting to report the mistake of Buttle's arrest.
Jack Mathews, a film critic and the author of The Battle of Brazil (1987), described the film as "satirizing the bureaucratic, largely dysfunctional industrial world that had been driving Gilliam crazy all his life".
Though a success in Europe, the film was unsuccessful in its initial North America release. The film is named after the recurrent theme song, Ary Barroso's "Aquarela do Brasil", known simply as "Brazil" to English audiences, as performed by Geoff Muldaur.
Sam Lowry is a harried technocrat in a futuristic society that is needlessly convoluted and inefficient.
He dreams of a life where he can fly away from technology and overpowering bureaucracy, and spend eternity with the woman of his dreams.
His only escape is into his fantasies - into glorious dreams of flying high above all the petty cares of the world, urged on by the vision of a beautiful woman. Even the basic mechanisms of life support seem to be failing, and one scene early in the movie has Robert De Niro in a walk-on as an illegal free-lance repairman who defies the state by fixing things.
De Niro makes his escape by sliding down long cables to freedom, like Spider-Man. But then he gets involved in an intrigue that involves the girl of his dreams, the chief executive of the state and a shadowy band of dissenters.
Sam learns that Jill was killed while resisting arrest.Sam Lowry is a low-level government employee who frequently daydreams of saving a damsel in distress.When a fly gets jammed in a printer and results in the incarceration and accidental death during interrogation of cobbler Archibald Buttle–instead of renegade air conditioning specialist and suspected terrorist Archibald Tuttle–Sam is assigned the task of rectifying the error.Society is controlled by a monolithic organization, and citizens lead a life of paranoia and control.Thought police are likely to come crashing through the ceiling and start bashing dissenters. The hero of "Brazil" is Sam Lowry (Jonathan Pryce), a meek, desperate little man who works at a computer terminal all day.
Nearly twenty years ago, before Terry Gilliam's reputation is what it is today, seeing this in a cinema without knowing ANYTHING about it, it was one of the most unforgettable movie experiences of my life!