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
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.
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 »
Our story begins with Macunaima's miraculous birth to an old woman in a tiny jungle settlement. Born full grown, he discovers his life's purpose which leads him and his family/followers on ... See full summary »
Fernando, a journalist, and his friend César join terrorist group MR8 in order to fight Brazilian dictatorial regime during the late sixties. Cesare, however, is wounded and captured during... See full summary »
In Porto Alegre, the unemployed Ciro has a dull life in a simple apartment with a nameless stray dog that he had found on the streets. Ciro is supported by his parents and works every now ... See full summary »
Luiz Carlos V. Coelho,
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 »
Two businessmen, Ivan and Gilberto, have their partner killed by a hitman who then blackmails them to gain control of their company. Ivan and Gilberto, part of the upper class, are dismayed at the entry of the hitman's ghetto behavior and attitudes into their privileged sphere. Additionally, the hitman, in search of further riches, seduces the wealthy daughter of the partner he killed. Written by
This movie is based on a novel that was being written by Marçal Aquino and wasn't finished yet. Marçal wrote the end of the novel and released the book after the movie. See more »
[Paulo Miklos' caracther trespass a construction site administered by the two men he's blackmailing]
Hey, yo! Do me a favor. Get closer.
What is it?
I got to know that a lot of stuff is missing around here. Where are the parts, the tools and the yellow truck?
What you want with me?
Tell you what. The word came from up there, man. That's what. There's plenty of smart asses screwing it, taking work outside.
You're interfering too much. You keep it to yourself, wise guy! You're ...
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This plot had me guessing all the way to the end, and what an ending !
I was especially struck by the apt depiction of a corrupt and dangerous underworld, Anisio's very convincing performance as a threatening unscrupulous monster from the ghetto, and how alien his attitude was to the mannerly and typically ordered behaviour of the businessmen who's lives he becomes entangled with.
I enjoyed being made uncomfortable by the idea that this order (the boring business world) can be turned upside down by a character like Anisio who doesn't realise or care about any rules or etiquette, and like a vampire once invited over the threshold, has the power to do what he wants. An obvious theme is the retribution summed up by the cliche 'those who live by the sword die by the sword', or in other words if you dabble in crime a criminal end awaits you.
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