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2 August 2002 (Brazil) See more »
Woman uses her three daughters to avenge their father and brothers, killed by a jealous ex-fiancé. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Marieta Severo ... Filomena Capadócio
Júlia Lemmertz ... Maria Francisca (as Julia Lemmertz)

Maria Luísa Mendonça ... Maria Rosa
Luíza Mariani ... Maria Pia
Carlos Vereza ... Firmino Santos Guerra
Enrique Diaz ... Zé das Cobras (as Enrique Díaz)

Wagner Moura ... Jesuíno Cruz
Tuca Andrada ... Chief Tenório
Lázaro Ramos ... Catrevagem
Cassiano Carneiro ... José Tranquilo Santos Guerra
André Barros ... João Capadócio
Fábio S. Limma ... Arcanjo Santos Guerra
Alexandre Borges ... Body Guard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Taveira Júnior ... Sertanejo (uncredited)

Directed by
Aluizio Abranches 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Heitor Dhalia 
Wilson Freire 

Produced by
Aluizio Abranches .... producer
Eva Mariani .... producer
Cesare Petrillo .... producer
Vieri Razzini .... producer
Original Music by
André Abujamra 
Cinematography by
Marcelo Durst 
Film Editing by
Aluizio Abranches  (as Aluisio Abranches)
Karen Harley 
Art Direction by
Bruno Testore Schmidt 
Makeup Department
Martín Macías Trujillo .... makeup artist
Production Management
Severo Santos .... assistant production manager
Marcelo Torres .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Janaína Diniz Guerra .... assistant director
Fábio S. Limma .... assistant director
Olivia Rabacov .... third assistant director
Martina Rupp .... second assistant director
Sound Department
Miriam Biderman .... sound editor
Ana Chiarini .... dialogue editor
José Louzeiro .... sound
José Moreau Louzeiro .... sound mixer
Raphael Lupo .... sound editor
David Miranda .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Mauricio Couto Bevilaqua .... special effects coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Toti Cardoso .... electrician
Ulisses Malta Jr. .... electrician
Ulisses Malta .... gaffer
Music Department
Renato Lemos .... conductor
Renato Lemos .... orchestrator
Other crew
Mónica Lima .... production coordinator
Kenneth Rive .... presenter

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Also Known As:
"As Três Marias" - Brazil (original title)
"The 3 Marias" - USA (DVD box title)
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90 min | Canada:90 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Mythic emoting in Brazil, 31 May 2003
Author: noralee from Queens, NY

"Three Marias (As Três Marias)" is a lush, highly stylized, operatic story that acts as if it's telling a traditional, mythic tale of thwarted love and violent revenge with lots of Biblical references, but in modern dress and cars in rural Brazil.

Medea comes to mind as an antecedent for the matriarch who sets in motion violent feelings and their brutal aftermath. The characters are types, not individuals, each representing a strong emotion, with much less seduction than I had anticipated by her "by whatever means necessary" instruction to her three titular daughters.

I thought I either wasn't following the chronology, let alone keeping the somewhat similar characters straight, or that the projectionist had mixed up the reels, until I realized that the repetitions were supposed to be ironic as destiny takes unanticipated turns.

The subtitles are full of misspellings and typos.

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