Fictionalized account of the adventures of hired gunman Antonio das Mortes, set against the real life last days of rural banditism. The movie follows Antonio as he witnesses the descent of ... See full summary »
Geraldo Del Rey,
The story of a famous Brazilian criminal, called The Red Light Bandit because he always used a red flashlight to break in the houses during the night. Working alone, he also used to rape his female victims.
Nineteen people with differing degrees of visual impairment - from mild nearsightedness to total blindness - discuss how they see themselves, how they see others and how they perceive the ... See full summary »
Raimunda da Conceição Filha,
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
Eldorado, a fictitious country in Latin America, is sparkling with the internal struggle for political power. In the eye of this social convulsion, the jaded journalist Paulo Martins ... See full summary »
A poor family in the Northeast of Brazil (Fabiano, the father; Sinhá Vitória, the mother; their 2 children and a dog called Baleia) wander about the barren land searching for a better place... See full summary »
The ironic, heartbreaking and acid "saga" of a spoiled tomato: from the plantation of a "Nisei" (Brazilian with Japanese origins); to a supermarket; to a consumer's kitchen to become sauce ... See full summary »
For one week, Eduardo Coutinho and his team talked to 27 residents in an enormous building in Copacabana. Amongst these are a middle-aged couple who met through the classified ads in a newspaper, a call-girl who keeps her daughter and her sister, a retired actor, an ex-football player, and a janitor who suspects that his adopted father, whom he dreams about every night, is his real father. The subject of this documentary is private life in the big city, apartments as a last stronghold of individuality, in addition to emphasizing the fact that to live together in one and the same place does not ensure that a community will be formed. Written by
Imagine it: The Human Network. Reality TV that actually has something to do with reality; that gets to the essence of how people are. Like a music video channel, except instead they show clips of everyday people from a building in Copacabana (or a farm in Kansas, or a kibbutz in Israel), each talking for two or five minutes about what makes them happy and what makes them not - you'd never run out of material; people could even send in their own tapes ("America's Humanest Home Videos"), although this would also give them the freedom to do useless things. There are no useless things here, although some moments are better than others: it was the expansion of the old stereotypes that really got to me - so this is how a hooker with a heart of gold feels about being one; and here's the sort of guy Sinatra sang "My Way" for. It's rather uncinematic, though - I wish they had found a way to edit the material into something denser, perhaps by organising it thematically. And there isn't that sense of the institution as an organism, that Frederick Wiseman would've evoked. Hence I don't know if what you see here is any more worthwhile than chatting to each of the other people in the theatre with you, but when did you last do that? The movie's moderately recommended, the TV channel idea is something you should urge Ted Turner to do.
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