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O Auto da Compadecida (2000)

The lively João Grilo and the sly Chicó are poor guys living in the hinterland who cheat a bunch of people in a small Northeast Brazil town. But when they die, they have to be judged by ... See full summary »

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Matheus Nachtergaele ...
João Grilo
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Rogério Cardoso ...
Padre João
Denise Fraga ...
Dora
Diogo Vilela ...
Padeiro Eurico
Luís Melo ...
Diabo
Virginia Cavendish ...
Bruno Garcia ...
Vicentão
Enrique Diaz ...
Capanga
Maurício Gonçalves ...
Aramis Trindade ...
Cabo Setenta
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Cangaceiro Severino
Lima Duarte ...
Bispo
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Major Antônio Moraes
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The lively João Grilo and the sly Chicó are poor guys living in the hinterland who cheat a bunch of people in a small Northeast Brazil town. But when they die, they have to be judged by Christ, the Devil and the Virgin Mary, before they are admitted to paradise. Written by <lukejoplin@infolink.com.br>

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A rough guide to life, love and death
30 July 2006 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

O Auto de Compadecida is a funny film, in more ways than one. At first, I was baffled by the storyline, or rather, by the lack of a storyline such as I'm used to. If you expect the first five or ten minutes of a film being devoted to introducing the characters, their backgrounds, and their passions, you'll find yourself puzzled by this flick. There is hardly any introduction or explanation, and such as is offered appears exactly at the appropriate moments. The film is also funny in content. The main characters are a teller of unlikely stories and a schemer of impossible schemes, who never reach the third dimension, but then, there's no need for that: the burlesque quality and speed of the scenes thrive on these two men being cartoon characters rather than real people. And truly, an in-depth character would be highly out of place in a scene which involves Jesus, Mary, and Lucifer doodling in the margins of a book--using blood as ink, naturally. Highly enjoyable.


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