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Bufo & Spallanzani (2001)

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Ivan Canabrava is a detective in a Pan-American insurance company and is investigating the case of a landowner who dies shortly after taking out a 1 million dollar insurance policy.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
José Mayer ...
Ivan Canabrava / Gustavo Flávio
Tony Ramos ...
Guedes
Isabel Guéron ...
Minolta
Zezé Polessa ...
Zilda
Gracindo Júnior ...
Eugênio Delamare
Maitê Proença ...
Delfina Delamare
Matheus Nachtergaele ...
Agenor
Juca de Oliveira ...
Prof. Ceresso
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Delegado Ferreira
Dirce Migliaccio ...
Dona Bernarda
Ernani Moraes ...
Guarda-costas
Jacqueline Sperandio ...
Clara Estrucho
Celso Frateschi ...
Dr.Ribeiroles
Luciano Chirolli ...
Dr. Baran
Gustavo Gasparani ...
Doctor
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Ivan Canabrava is a writer, turned insurance ivestigator who investigates mysterious deaths involving Bufo Marinus. Bufo Marinus is a frog poison causing catalepsy in humans, simulating death, enabling grand insurance fraud and other crimes. Ten years later, now as a successful writer, similar characters possibly using Bufo Marinus reappear and create an intricate plot full of surprises. Written by GMeleJr

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Written by Dado Villa-Lobos & Gustavo Dreher
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My brief review of the film
5 May 2005 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

A relatively interesting and relatively well made Brazilian feature, it is a shame that the narrative structure lets the film down. It takes two lines of action - both in the present day and in the past - and edits them together, which makes it awfully confusing as some differentiating details are only made clear later in the piece. But still there is some degree of disorientation as the film goes backwards and forwards, and perhaps this could have been handled a bit better. Also, the ending felt a little far-fetched to me, and the nudity in the film seemed excessive and pointless - but it is always intriguing stuff to watch. It has some things to say about high-level corruption, and the science behind the frog poisoning is fascinating. Overall, the film is better than the average thriller out there, but it's not quite good enough to recommend rushing out to see.


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