Saudade (2003)
"Saudade - Sehnsucht" (original title)

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Cyrus, Tim and Erik were high school buddies and meet again ten years later. They spend the summer together in Brazil. All of them are occupied in dealing with experiences from their past ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hendrik Scheider ...
Aldri Anunciação ...
Tarik Qazi ...
Daniel Bätscher ...
Maria Lucia da Silva Ludwig ...
Marilza da Cruz Pinto Gregião ...
Zezé Motta ...
Miguel's Mother
Sérgio Menezes ...
Marcelo Rodrigues ...
Márcio Rodrigues ...
Vladimir J.O. Filho ...
Marcus Tulius Franco Morais ...
Maria Márcia da Silva ...
Roberto J. do Nascimento ...
Izael Malto Gregião ...


Cyrus, Tim and Erik were high school buddies and meet again ten years later. They spend the summer together in Brazil. All of them are occupied in dealing with experiences from their past but new developments make them face their inner conflicts and their friendship with each other. Written by Anonymous

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14 June 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Longing  »

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Thin Thread of a Story for what appears to be Brazilian Travelogue
6 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

'Saudade - Sehnsucht' (THE LONGING) is a film by writer/director Jürgen Brüning who seems to have taken a vacation from Germany to Brazil with some friends and decided to make a movie as a means of entertainment. This film is less about characters and story development than it is about Brazilian beaches, snorkeling, fish butchering, second-rate pop music, and food.

Ostensibly we find three friends who've had a rock band in Germany on vacation in Brazil: Cyrus (Tarik Qazi) is interested in finding his Brazilian mother; Tim (Daniel Bätscher) remains determined to explore a new music sound; Erik (eye candy hunk Hendrik Scheider) wants to find love. The three finance their excursion by making daily film clips of body contact to use on the internet dating business. Their housekeepers Maria (Maria Lucia da Silva Ludwig) and Angela (Marilza da Cruz Pinto Gregião) feed their interests as well as their appetites. Most of their time is spent in clubs and at the beaches, pursuing little but opportunism. Erik has a tryst on the sand with a Brazilian man one night that ends in a death that sours his desire. When another attractive Brazilian lad Miguel (Aldri Anunciação) catches Erik's eye the two begin a struggle for a relationship, but Erik's previous encounter colors his ability to find happiness.

The actors are all attractive and given the fact that they have little to do but look alluring manage to make the film tolerable. But in the end the movie feels too self indulgent to satisfy any audience member. It is a piece of fluff disguised as a soap opera. Grady Harp

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