MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 19,500 this week

Orfeu (1999)

 -  Crime | Drama | Music  -  21 April 1999 (Brazil)
6.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.2/10 from 682 users   Metascore: 52/100
Reviews: 14 user | 14 critic | 14 from Metacritic.com

In a dangerous but human Rio's slum, rises the love affair betwen Orfeu and Eurídice, provoking jealousy and violence in times of carnival.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 18 titles
created 30 Apr 2013
 
a list of 26 titles
created 13 Aug 2013
 
a list of 27 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Orfeu" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Orfeu (1999)

Orfeu (1999) on IMDb 6.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Orfeu.

User Polls

5 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Fifteen year ago, Carlos went to the cinema to meet Júlia, his university colleague with whom he was in love. She never showed up. Carlos was left waiting in the lobby alone. While he waits... See full summary »

Director: Sandra Werneck
Stars: Murilo Benício, Carolina Ferraz, Emílio de Melo
Orpheus (1950)
Fantasy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Orphee is a poet who becomes obsessed with Death (the Princess). They fall in love. Orphee's wife, Eurydice, is killed by the Princess' henchmen and Orphee goes after her into the ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Cocteau
Stars: Jean Marais, François Périer, María Casares
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Lisbela is a young woman who loves going to the movies. Leléu is a con man, going from town to town selling all sort of things and performing as master of ceremonies for some cheesy numbers... See full summary »

Director: Guel Arraes
Stars: André Mattos, Aramis Trindade, Bruno Garcia
If I Were You (2006)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The publicist Claudio and the housewife and choral teacher Helena have been married for many years, but they do not understand and respect the feelings and view point of the partner. ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Filho
Stars: Tony Ramos, Glória Pires, Thiago Lacerda
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Claudio and Helena are on the verge of breaking up, until the couple experiences another strange phenomenon that looks to help them understand one another more.

Director: Daniel Filho
Stars: Glória Pires, Tony Ramos, Isabelle Drummond
Belly Up (1997)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Two hit men, a veteran and a beginner, chatter in a bar on Brazil-Paraguai border, while waiting for their victim to appear.

Director: Beto Brant
Stars: Chico Díaz, Murilo Benício, Wolney de Assis
Lower City (2005)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Lifelong friends Deco and Naldinho, who own a small steaming boat in Bahia, meet strip-dancer Karinna. Both men fall for her and their friendship is deeply shattered.

Director: Sérgio Machado
Stars: Alice Braga, Wagner Moura, Lázaro Ramos
Paid (2006)
Crime | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

Paid is a film noir in the tradition of the French gangster movie. It is a story about underworld characters that have come to regret the choices they have made and now secretly long for a ... See full summary »

Director: Laurence Lamers
Stars: Anne Charrier, Murilo Benício, Tom Conti
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The story of a famous Brazilian criminal, called The Red Light Bandit because he always used a red flashlight to break in the houses during the night. Working alone, he also used to rape his female victims.

Director: Rogério Sganzerla
Stars: Helena Ignez, Paulo Villaça, Pagano Sobrinho
Drama

A story that follows a century in the lives of a circus-owning family.

Director: Carlos Diegues
Stars: Vincent Cassel, Catherine Mouchet, Lázaro Ramos
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Boy tries to help his uncle, guilty of a murder case, to prove his innocence. He thinks the uncle has confessed the crime as a cover-up for his girlfriend, who was the wife of the dead man.... See full summary »

Director: Jorge Furtado
Stars: Darlan Cunha, Sophia Reis, Lázaro Ramos
Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Free adaptation of the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet translated to the harsh life in Favela da Maré, one of largest and most violent slums in Rio de Janeiro.

Director: Lúcia Murat
Stars: Vinícius D'Black, Monique Soares, Rafael Mariano
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Toni Garrido ...
Patrícia França ...
...
Lucinho
Zezé Motta ...
Conceição
...
Inácio
Isabel Fillardis ...
Mira
Maria Ceiça ...
Carmen
Stepan Nercessian ...
Pacheco
Maurício Gonçalves ...
Pecê
Lúcio Andrey ...
Piaba
Mary Sheila ...
Be Happy
Eliezer Motta ...
Stallone
Serjão Loroza ...
Coice (as Sérgio Loroza)
Silvio Guindane ...
Maicol
Castrinho ...
Oswaldo
Edit

Storyline

In a dangerous but human Rio de Janiro's slum, rises the love affair between Orfeu, a famous composer, and Eurídice, a simple but pretty brunette, provoking jealousy and violence in times of carnival. A kind of Brazilian Romeo and Juliet, full of samba. Written by Fabio Ornelas <fabiornelas@zipmail.com.br>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

slum | love | jealousy | violence | carnival | See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

21 April 1999 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

Orfeusz  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$12,908 (USA) (25 August 2000)

Gross:

$96,811 (USA) (24 November 2000)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Official submission of Brazil to the 2000's Oscars in the best foreign language film category. See more »

Connections

Version of Black Orpheus (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

A Felicidade
Composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Ancient Greek mythology meets 90s Brazilian telenovela
7 December 2013 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Orfeu mixes elements of Greek mythology and classical theatre with Brazilian telenovelas. That may sound like a recipe for disaster, but to me the director actually pulled it off.

It was fascinating to me as someone from Western Europe to see how different life in the favelas is (both in good and bad ways), and to see the ancient Greek story set in such a different context. The cinematography is also great.

I can see how some would be disappointed if they were expecting to get immersed into a convincing story set in the midst of a full blown carnival extravaganza though.

The main characters Orfeu and Euridice didn't really come to life to me as genuine likable individuals that I could identify with, but more as the original Greek personas. However most other members of the cast did not have this "problem" and provided plenty of convincing drama.

Also although we are treated to some scenes of the amazing Rio carnival, the director doesn't really seem to immerse us in that world of extravagance. We are almost looking at it from a distance, as if to say it's not that important to the actual story.

To sum it all up: what makes Brazil interesting is that it is such a melting pot, and melting very different elements into a lively stew is exactly what happens in Orfeu. It may not always be that easy to digest, but boring it is not!


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Better than Orfeu Negro (Black Orpheus) impeachbush17
Any viewers? dontloseyourhead
My Review of Orfeu vs. Black Orpheus jayskitstar
Discuss Orfeu (1999) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?