André, relatively poor, falls in love with Silvia, a neighbor whom he spies with a telescope. Falling more and more in love with her, he begins to follow her around the city and realizes ... See full summary »
Renata de Lélis,
The lively João Grilo and the sly Chicó are poor guys living in the hinterland who cheat a bunch of people in a small Northeast Brazil town. But when they die, they have to be judged by ... See full summary »
The life and times of Cazuza, Brazilian singer/poet/enfant terrible, from his start with rock group "Barão Vermelho", to his death from Aids, in 1990, showing his career, love affairs, and involvement with drugs.
Daniel de Oliveira,
Coffin Joe is still looking for the perfect woman to give birth to a son of his, and, cleared of the past crimes in the first film (At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul), keeps terrorizing the ... See full summary »
José Mojica Marins
José Mojica Marins,
Anyone reading this review probably already knows that this film is based on a character created by Brazilian writer Luís Fernando Veríssimo as a parody of American detective stories. By the moment a film adaptation is made, however, it doesn't (or, at least, it shouldn't) matter whether you have read Veríssimo's stories or not, and regardless of how good Ed Mort might be on paper, the fact is that this film falls short of being successful. It's a shame, because the premise is great and some technical aspects are outstanding: the art direction is faultless and the quirky soundtrack by Arrigo Barnabé fits like a glove. Indeed, the screenplay itself is by no means bad, but the film is marred by dreadful performances. As a parody, it's only fair that they would try for caricature-like performances, but not a single cast member seems to have quite figured how to achieve it (yet Roseane Lima as Dayse arguably stands out as the worst performance here). The artificiality of the acting, instead of providing a comical hue, comes out as plain amateurism, which is intriguing, once most of these actors have been seen in much better shape on different occasions. Perhaps this is something non-(native)Portuguese speakers won't notice, but it makes the film annoying to the point of being almost unwatchable. Something must have caused director Alain Fresnot to lose his way and, as a domino effect, the whole cast went off the rails with him. Too bad.
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