During the Carnival in the historical site of Pelourinho (Salvador, Bahia, Brazil), we follow the lives of the tenants of a falling-to-pieces tenement house who try to get by using creativity, irony, humor and music.
Lisbela is a young woman who loves going to the movies. Leléu is a con man, going from town to town selling all sort of things and performing as master of ceremonies for some cheesy numbers... See full summary »
André, relatively poor, falls in love with Silvia, a neighbor whom he spies with a telescope. Falling more and more in love with her, he begins to follow her around the city and realizes ... See full summary »
Renata de Lélis,
The publicist Claudio and the housewife and choral teacher Helena have been married for many years, but they do not understand and respect the feelings and view point of the partner. ... See full summary »
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 »
Based upon the true story of Olga Benário, the German-born wife of Brazilian communist leader Luís Carlos Prestes. During the dictatorship of Getúlio Vargas (1930-1945) she was arrested and... See full summary »
Brazilian MD Drauzio Varella starts AIDS prevention in Brazil's largest prison, Carandiru, in São Paulo, where the population is nearly double its 4,000 maximum. Doc learns from experience ... See full summary »
The life and times of Cazuza, Brazilian singer/poet/enfant terrible, from his start with rock group "Barão Vermelho", to his death from Aids, in 1990, showing his career, love affairs, and involvement with drugs.
Daniel de Oliveira,
God decides to take a vacation - but, first, He has to find a saint who can rule the universe while He's away. For that, He goes to Brazil's northeast, where He believes there's a very good man for the job - but, during His mission, He becomes friend of a very smart young man, Taoca. Written by
Carlos Diegues, the Brazilian director, takes us on a trip of enlightenment, when he invites us to come along in this road movie, in which God, taking the form of a man of a certain age, appears to a young man who doesn't believe in anything. Taoca, the young man, decides to accompany the God figure in a trip which will make him watch, first hand, what this larger than life figure has in store for him.
Mr. Diegues is a director that always surprises. In this film, he is playing with our credibility as Taoca and God travel through the back roads of that vast country that is Brazil. In the process, Taoca goes from being skeptic, to a complete understanding about what this God is all about and what he is capable of doing. Mr. Diegues' films have a great look because of the director's sense of color that must be evident in the places where his movies are set.
The film is made more enjoyable because of the interplay of Antonio Fagundes, who plays God, and Wagner Moura, an actor who shows great promise. Mr. Fagundes is perfect as the God reincarnated. Wagner Moura, who we had admired in "Caminho das Nuvems", brings the right blend of skepticism and humor to the situation he is thrown into. We also see Paloma Duarte, who plays Mada, a young woman with a sad past, who goes along with two strangers, leaving her dreary life behind.
"Deus E Brasileiro" will delight Mr. Diegues' fans.
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