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Morte e Vida Severina (1977)

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The story of Severino, a man who tries to escape the misery and the drought prevailing in the rural backcountry of the Northeast of Brazil. He heads for Recife, passing through desert and ... See full summary »

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Tânia Alves
José Dumont
Stênio Garcia
Luiz Mendonça
Elba Ramalho
Joffre Soares
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The story of Severino, a man who tries to escape the misery and the drought prevailing in the rural backcountry of the Northeast of Brazil. He heads for Recife, passing through desert and forest regions, expecting to find a better life. Written by <lukejoplin@infolink.com.br>

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Only the Rocks Stay in the Drought
15 October 2006 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In the drought in the country of Northeast of Brazil, the migrant Severino moves to Recife following the Capibaribe River expecting to have a better life.

"Morte e Vida Severina" is a documentary based on two poems of João Cabral de Melo Neto: "O Rio" ("The River") and "Morte e Vida Severina" ("Life and Death Severina") that tells he never-ending cruel timeless fate of the migrants of the drought in the country of the Northeast of Brazil. This theme has been approached in many other movies, and I personally like 1963 "Vidas Secas" very much, but in "Morte e Vida Severina", the story is told through poetry and songs. The author makes an analogy between the animals and the river that flows to the sea with the migrants that also moves to the big city nearby the sea, and he remarks that only the rocks stay in the drought. Unfortunately the sound of this movie is not good, and it is very difficult to understand some parts due to the strong accent of the interviewed migrants. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Morte e Vida Severina" ("Life and Death Severina")


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