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Bye Bye Brasil (1980)

R  |   |  Drama  |  9 February 1980 (Brazil)
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The Caravana Rolidei rolls into town with the Gypsy Lord at the mike: he does magic tricks, the erotic Salomé dances, and the mute Swallow performs feats of strength. A young accordion ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
José Wilker ...
Lorde Cigano
Betty Faria ...
Salomé
Fábio Jr. ...
Ciço (as Fábio Júnior)
Zaira Zambelli ...
Dasdô
Príncipe Nabor ...
Andorinha / Swallow
Emmanuel Cavalcanti ...
Prefeito / Mayor (as Emanoel Cavalcanti)
José Márcio Passos ...
Assessor Prefeito / Mayor's Assistant
Carlos Kroeber ...
Caminhoneiro / Truck Driver
Joffre Soares ...
Zé da Luz
Rodolfo Arena ...
Lavrador / Peasant
Aderbal Junior
Carlos Lagoeíro ...
Sertanejos
Catalina Bonakie ...
Viúva / Widow (as Catalina Bonaky)
Rinaldo Gines ...
Chefe Índio / Indian Chief
Marcus Vinícius ...
Empresário
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The Caravana Rolidei rolls into town with the Gypsy Lord at the mike: he does magic tricks, the erotic Salomé dances, and the mute Swallow performs feats of strength. A young accordion player is completely enamored of Salomé, and he begs to come along. The Gypsy Lord shrugs, and the accordionist and his pregnant wife, Dasdô, join the troupe. Television is their enemy as they go from the coast deep into the Amazon. Salomé lets the accordion player sleep with her once, with Dasdô's knowledge. He's moon-struck. Then, after Dasdô's baby is born and financial disaster hits the troupe, and the accordionist must choose between seeing his wife a prostitute and leaving the caravan. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Also Known As:

Bye Bye Brazil  »

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Trivia

Official submission of Brazil to the 1981's Oscars in the best foreign language film category. See more »

Quotes

Lorde Cigano: Accordionist, you know why the jungle is virgin? 'Cause it's full of "fruits".
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Connections

Features O Ébrio (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

Para Vigo Me Voy (Say sí sí)
Written by Ernesto Lecuona, Al Stillman, and Lubon
Performed by Xavier Cugat
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I'll take heart over art anyday!
11 May 2004 | by (Kansas City, Missouri, USA) – See all my reviews

At last, a film I can unreservedly recommend--well, at least to adults.

"Bye Bye Brazil" is a film with heart, involving three-dimensional characters I was able to care about, their stories told unpretentiously in a straightforward exposition unhindered by self-conscious special effects, confusing games with the time-frame, etc. as in so many "artistic" films I've been watching lately (and in some cases ejecting from the player before they're finished).

Too bad this film is from 1979. I wish it were brand new, so I could hope for a return to these plain and honest values in film-making.

As soon as I saw that the title song was sung by Chico Buarque, one of my very favorite musicians, I suspected I was in for a pleasant evening, and I wasn't disappointed. The movie would be worth buying (apparently available on VHS only) just for that wonderful song, sung in its lengthy entirety over the closing credits, and briefly at the film's commencement. But "Bye Bye Brazil" offers much more than a pretty (and very funny) song. Time and again I was reminded of Bergman's films, as the interplay between the five chief characters developed. There's a certain visual resemblance to some of Bergman's scenes, too.

You could have a worse model.

Highly recommended--though not for kids.


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