Isle of Flowers (1989)
"Ilha das Flores" (original title)

 |  Documentary, Short  |  1989 (Brazil)
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Complete credited cast:
Paulo José ...
Narration (voice)
Ciça Reckziegel ...
Dona Anete
Douglas Traini ...
Anete's Husband
Júlia Barth ...
Anete's Daughter
Irene Schmidt ...
Anete's Customer
Gosei Kitajima ...
Jeffu Masaki Suzuki
Takehiro Suzuki ...
Jeffu Masaki Suzuki
Luciane Azevedo ...
Ana Luiza Nunes


The ironic, heartbreaking and acid "saga" of a spoiled tomato: from the plantation of a "Nisei" (Brazilian with Japanese origins); to a supermarket; to a consumer's kitchen to become sauce of a pork meat; to the garbage can since it is spoiled for the consumption; to a garbage truck to be dumped in a garbage dump in "Ilha das Flores"; to the selection of nutriment for pigs by the employees of a pigs breeder; to become food for poor Brazilian people. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A place where there's no God.


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Isle of Flowers  »

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The short opens with three short sentences on screen: "Este filme não é um filme de ficção. Existe um lugar chamado Ilha das Flores. Deus não existe." [This film is not a work of fiction. There is a place named Island of Flowers. God does not exist.] See more »


References Todas as Mulheres do Mundo (1966) See more »


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Arranged and Produced by Geraldo Flach
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A little masterpiece

Here's a work that definitely proves how exciting and questioning a short movie picture can be.

Acting as a director, writer and producer, Jorge Furtado couragely aims a dazzling machinegun at issues as assorted as religion, Holocaust, Brazilian government, poverty, capitalism, and how human intelligence has been used throughout the ages.

Using a dialectical method, and narrating the story in a way that "even a Martian would understand", in the words of the author, the film forges a real cinematographical theorem of Brazilian deplorable situation, borrowing as the stage a neighbourhood in the city of Porto Alegre (one of Brazil's most developed ones, by the way). The degrading scenario, however, would apply to any community on the world in which the effects of money (or its lack) on the lives of its inhabitants are more visible.

In the movie's touching final take, Furtado destroys the bourgeois concept of Freedom, quoting a line from one of Brazil's greatest poetesses, Cecilia Meirelles, and leaves us wondering whether modern 'civilisation' is as far as the human intellect can take us.

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