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Midnight (1998)
"O Primeiro Dia" (original title)

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On December 31st of 1999, the destiny brings a fugitive prisoner and a depressed middle class teacher together, as the new millennium approaches bringing hope to everyone.


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At midnight of December 31st of 1999, the destiny brings a fugitive prisoner and a depressed middle class teacher together, as the fireworks fall over Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach and the new millennium approaches bringing hope to everyone. An obscure but brilliant view that integrates the series "2000 Seem By", created by the French cultural broadcast television Art and the producer Haut et Court, in order to collect different views, from 10 distinct countries, concerning the end of the millennium. Written by Fabio Ornelas <>

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If there is one day to decide something in life, this day is today.




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Depressing and violent
1 February 2000 | by (Oakland, Calif., USA) – See all my reviews

Although Walter Salles deserves praise for "Central do Brasil" ("Central Station"), "O Primeiro Dia" ("Midnight") doesn't compare. It's a depressing melange of unsympathetic characters (except for Fernanda Torres and a young deaf boy she's teaching), gratuitous violence, and bleak urban landscapes. It's also a bit of a juvenile male fantasy in the sense that the camera dwells voyeuristically on various aspects of Fernanda Torres's nude or seminude body. Why does poor Torres have to undress in such films as this and "O Judeu" ("The Jew"), while the male actors remain clothed below the waistline? Seems like a double standard to me.

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