Orfeu (1999)

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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 <fabiornelas@zipmail.com.br>

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Release Date:

21 April 1999 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

Orfeusz  »

Box Office

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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Marcello Melo Junior reportedly met Letícia Sabatella in a dinner with friends and praised her for her role in this film, until Sabatella awkwardly revealed it was Patrícia França and not her in the role. See more »


Version of Orpheus (1950) See more »


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Dreadful Rubbish !
31 August 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is one of the worst films I have seen in a long time. The acting was so bad, a better job would have been done by employing a queue of people waiting for a bus ! The script is execrable, dreadful. The direction dire, don't allow the director to control traffic anywhere, there would be a pile up ! What illegal substance was the man on ? Perhaps he got next door's cat to do the work. It would have proved a better result.

This film shows just how good the original, Black Orpheus, is. There is no need to refer to that masterpiece in case the mere mention of Orfeu might tarnish a great work.

I play in a Samba Bateria in Europe and have never been to Brasil so I was interested in the shots of Carnaval. The director seemed to have even taken away some of the magic of that event, so flat was his direction.

The drug dealer 'Lucinho' had the acting talent of a mannequin. He had obviously seen John Travolta in Pulp Fiction and tried to model his distinct lack of ability on Travolta. Well he couldn't even mimic Travolta. Orfeu was like a kid they had just pulled off the street who had been kicking a football about ten minutes earlier. They would have got a better cast if they had enrolled first year drama students in their first week of college; where their tutor was off sick and they had spent the first week in the canteen drinking coffee.

The dialogue and plot line was a joke. In fact this would be one of those films that is so bad while meant to be serious the audience end up falling about laughing. The director wanted to give the story – or lack of it, a feeling of the film City of God; not guns and roses but guns and favelas.

A very attractive girl played 'Mira' – perhaps the one redeeming feature of the film. Euridice acted like a Portuguese au-pair from up-country lost in Manchester.

The ending of the film was so dreadful I can't even bring myself to think about it. It should have been the director who was thrown off the side of a hill.

I noticed that some people from Los Angeles liked the film, perhaps they don't have any quality to measure the film against? Before I watched the film I looked on IMDb and saw that someone from the UK who has had a long interest in Brasil, complained about the film. Perhaps with this accurate appreciation, I should have avoided it; but as they say, you learn more from taking one really bad photograph than from twelve good ones.

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