The Montenegro/Torres family shows 3 takes on betrayal, Rio-style
TRAICAO means betrayal in Portuguese, and the theme is explored in three different quirky stories, all set in Rio. Betrayal, Rio, and the Montenegro/Torres family (the mother/daughter Fernandas play the most memorable roles, though they are but two of the Torres' in the production) are thus the common thread in the second feature presented in competition here at the Third Brazilian Film Festival. Billed as a 1998 production, BETRAYAL, among its stellar cast (in addition to the Fernanda s), showcases recognizable actors from Brazil's last two bids for the Foreign Language Film Oscar. The film's vignettes are all in different decades (depicted in what can best be described as "Rio Gothic "style), but thoroughly "Cariocan" (from Rio)in any case. Whether you know about Rio or not, all three cases of BETRAYAL are deliciously, pervertedly comical and thoroughly entertaining. Surely coming to a "festival near you" or to video soon, see it. I think, most people, familiar with Brazil and with the Fernanda's or not, will enjoy BETRAYAL (Traicao).
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