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Orfeu (1999)

 -  Crime | Drama | Music  -  21 April 1999 (Brazil)
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In a dangerous but human Rio's slum, rises the love affair betwen Orfeu and Eurídice, provoking jealousy and violence in times of carnival.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Toni Garrido ...
Patrícia França ...
Zezé Motta ...
Isabel Fillardis ...
Maria Ceiça ...
Stepan Nercessian ...
Maurício Gonçalves ...
Lúcio Andrey ...
Mary Sheila ...
Be Happy
Eliezer Motta ...
Serjão Loroza ...
Coice (as Sérgio Loroza)
Silvio Guindane ...
Castrinho ...


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 <>

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


Crime | Drama | Music | Romance


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21 April 1999 (Brazil)  »

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Orfeu  »

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Opening Weekend:

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


$96,811 (USA) (24 November 2000)

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2.35 : 1
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Official submission of Brazil to the 2000's Oscars in the best foreign language film category. See more »


Version of Orpheus (1950) See more »


A Felicidade
Composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim
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Colorful, good entertainment considering the source
30 March 2000 | by (Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

ORFEU is a good reworking of the Orpheus story. It has been remade using all of Vinicius de Morais' criteria for an updated version. Among the criteria was adding the modest modern forms of the art. ORFEU does that wonderfully in depicting the current underworld ruling the favelas (poor shanty towns), and the modern trends in language and music, including Brazilian rap. It is definitely an updated version of the late 50's "Black Orpheus." Now, whether one prefers the comparatively nostalgic '50s ORPHEUS or not is another matter. And that should not be the yardstick on which this film is rated. Understandably, a lot of people have problems with accepting rap in Brazilian samba, overt sexuality (which is rampant even on Brazilian prime-time TV) and the nuanced acting of Brazilian telenovelas, which, like it or not, is what the people are used to, and the popular standard for acting in Brazil. Whether this style of acting is good or bad is definite subjective. Regular people in Brazil overact more than those in the movie have been accused of doing. Go there and see people in a normal discussion, then argue about who overacts. I therefore assure you that ORFEU delivers what it intended, and with fabulous sound and cinematography, state of the

art. Whether you preferred the "innocent" days of the 50s to today's rougher climate is of course your choice, but it's not fair to vent your anger or to criticize the film for it. Criticize society, whomever. But not the artists in this movie. They are representing things as they are right now, whether you like it or not. It's unfortunate that since most don't like the general state they take it out on the movie. The movie is definitely worth watching. It only reflects society, and kind of sanitized at that. The acting is the best you'll get from a bunch who have to master Samba dancing, singing, looking wonderful, and seeming realistic, just for starters. They do that and more in this movie.

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