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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
Luiza Mariani ... Maria Pia (as Luíza Mariani)

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
Andrew P. Kirkham .... dvd producer [gb]
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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Vengeance in an Updated Greek Tragedy Set in Brazil, 23 July 2006
Author: gradyharp from United States

As Três Marias (Three Marias) is about as theatrical as a film can be without confining itself to a stage. Creative director Alusio Abranches, responding to the script by Heitor Dhalia and Wilson Freire, has elected to film this story of gory murder and revenge incorporating screen visuals that transport the contemporary setting into the realm of magical realism. And it works very well - if the viewer is willing to sacrifice linear storytelling to the metaphor-laden technique.

The film begins with an extended silent view of a man and a woman in conversation beneath a bizarre rock formation: Firmino Santos Guerra (Carlos Vereza) is obviously trying to talk Filomena Capadocio (Marieta Severo) into not leaving him. Jump forward in time and the murders of three men are enacted in the most grisly of manners - one is hanged by his own intestines, on has his eyes and heart torn out, and one is burned to death - all under the familial guidance of the Santos Guerra family. The deaths represent the husband and two sons of Filomena and when she is told of the events, she stifles her tears with building hate and calls her three daughters to her home - Maria Francisca (Julia Lemmertz) Maria Rosa (Maria Luisa Mendonca), and Maria Pia (Luiza Mariani). Each daughter is given the obligation to hire a hit-man to deliver the head of Firmino to Filomena. The story then proceeds to show the engaging of Chief Tenorio (Tuca Andrada) bitten by a rabid dog, Ze das Cobras (Enrique Diaz) who never has spoken with a woman and uses a 'translator' Catrevagem (Lazaro Ramos) to communicate, and imprisoned murderer Jesusino Cruz (Wagner Moura) whose protocol for killing is always to cut his victims in half. With this trio of hit men the three Marias set out to accomplish their mother's vengeance and how this plays out is the essence of the film.

Shot in stark colors and contrasts and accompanied by an operatic music score, the film succeeds as a mood piece. The actors are all quite fine despite the fact they are playing archetypes rather than credible human beings. For a heavy dose of excellent Brazilian classical theater this film is sure to please. Grady Harp

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