The film tells the adventures of friends João Grilo, a poor man a liar, and Chicó, the most cowardly of men. Both struggle for daily bread in the Northeast of Brazil and crossing for ... See full summary »
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 A Compadecida (3 episodes, 1999)
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 Joao Grilo (3 episodes, 1999)
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 Dora (3 episodes, 1999)
Diogo Vilela ...
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Maurício Gonçalves ...
 Jesus Cristo (3 episodes, 1999)
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 Diabo (3 episodes, 1999)
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Enrique Diaz ...
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Aramis Trindade ...
 Cabo Setenta (3 episodes, 1999)
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The film tells the adventures of friends João Grilo, a poor man a liar, and Chicó, the most cowardly of men. Both struggle for daily bread in the Northeast of Brazil and crossing for several episodes fooling all of the small village of Taperoá, in the backlands of Paraiba. Adaptation of the work of Ariano Suassuna.

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A drama of epic proportions with very good humor
8 July 1999 | by (Minnetonka, USA) – See all my reviews

In a mega production by the Globo TV Network Brazil, O Auto da Compadecida based on the homonymous play by the Brazilian novelist and playwright Ariano Suassuna, actors like the newcomers Matheus Natchtergaelle and Selton Mello together with a cast of veterans like Fernanda Montenegro, Marco Nanini and Diogo Vilela unite to perform an epic.

Though maintaining the popular style of the original writer this TV adaptation does not disappoint the fans of the original writer as this 4 hour series captures to perfection the universe so masterfully crafted by Ariano Suassuna.

In hilarious situations Selto Mello and Matheus Natchergaelle reveal themselves to be promising young actors of their generation with great performances.

The adventurers of a poor lie-telling country man, called João Grilo, narrated in the award winning play Auto da Compadecida, by the novelist and playwright Ariano Suassuna, come to television in an adaptation by Guel Arraes, Adriana Falcão and João Falcão. Originally written in 1955, the play is presented as a microseries, in four episodes, and premiered on Tuesday, January 5th, 1999. The series was directed by critically acclaimed Brazilian director Guel Arraes, who shot the series entirely on film, shooting in Cabaceiras, on the countryside of the Brazilian state of Paraíba (the play takes place in Taperoá, close to Cabaceiras) and also at the Projac and Cinédia studios, in Rio de Janeiro. The show had its own soundtrack also, produced by João Falcão, and a visual setting that establishes a parallel line between the 1930s and the Middle Ages.

Overall this great show broke ratings records in Brazil and in other countries where it also aired, appealing to all publics and social classes.

This is a don't miss Brazilian drama at its best.


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