A pawn shop proprietor buys used goods from desperate locals--as much to play perverse power games as for his own livelihood, but when the perfect rump and a backed-up toilet enter his life, he loses all control.
Brazilian baroque. The young son that ran from his dominant family, descends into decadence and then returns to the nest. With melodramatic themes of tyrannical fathers, incest, fierce ... See full summary »
Luiz Fernando Carvalho
Juliana Carneiro da Cunha
Valter goes to night school. Iara, his wife, says that the new tenants don't work, that they're probably criminals. Nobody knows where they're from, Iara tells him that they bring women ... See full summary »
Fernando Alves Pinto,
André, relatively poor, falls in love with Silvia, a neighbor whom he spies with a telescope. Falling more and more in love with her, he begins to follow her around the city and realizes ... See full summary »
Renata de Lélis,
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.
Short stories revolving around a bar and a hotel in Recife, unveil a mosaic of exotic characters living in the Brazilian underground: a butcher married with an evangelical woman, a ... See full summary »
A poetic and intellectually charming script, with quite a dark bent
The script is very rich, and in this I took intellectual delight. Other reviewers have mentioned poor cinematography. It feels sometimes as though it originated as a play, and in adapting to a screenplay perhaps some elements have been overlooked. Still, I loved what the writer did well: the layering of a lot of history, symbolism, and perspective, the deconstruction of many aspects of Brazilian culture and history. Using several different characters, the writer is able to compose a symphony of dark, cynical, anti-bourgeois sentiment.
As a non- Brazilian, I am sure there are many things I did not understand, as there is a lot of complexity within the script and probably visual and situational representations of which I have no reference point. Yet, as someone who is interested in Brazilian culture and history, this is a piece I will definitely see again, try to absorb more from, and discuss with Brazilians who have seen it as well.
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