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In 1594 in Brazil, the Tupinambás Indians are friends of the Frenches and their enemies are the Tupiniquins, friends of the Portugueses. A Frenchman (Arduíno Colassanti) is captured by the Tupinambás, and in spite of his trial to convince them that he is French, they believe he is Portuguese. The Frenchman becomes their slave, and maritally lives with Seboipepe (Ana Maria Magalhães). *Contains Spoilers* Later, he uses powder in the cannons that the Portuguese left behind to defeat the Tupiniquins in a battle. In order to celebrate the victory, the Indians decide to eat him. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
One of best movies ever made, but then I have weird tastes
I saw this movie at a college film festival back in the 70's - I have been
waiting FOREVER for this movie to come out on video (finally it's out). It
was made in Brazil, so I assumed that was why it hadn't made it to video
yet. I have been checking video stores for the past 15 years waiting for
this outstanding movie to come out! It is one of my all-time favorites -
be warned, it is weird, like Werner Herzog weird - its weirdness stems
The movie is based on a true incident back a few centuries ago, in
pre-colonial times, when Europeans were first encountering the tribes in
Amazon. A white man is mistaken by a savage tribe of cannibals as their
enemy, so they intend to kill him. Before they dispatch him, though, they
make him part of their tribe (their custom). The entire movie is like
watching a National Geographic documentary as he becomes an accepted
of their tribe. That's it. Cosmic plotline? No. Intense insight into the
variety of human life? Definitely.
Oh yeah... be warned... this film has definite nudity - this is not some
Hollywood schlock flick about noble savages... this film tells it like it
was (re-read above: National Geographic, super-realism)
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