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Journey to the End of the Night (2006)

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The tale of a son and his father separately plotting to escape the desolation of their lives in the lurid underworld of Brazil's sex industry...



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wemba (as Mos Def)
Matheus Nachtergaele ...
Ruy Polanah ...
The Soothsayer
Gilson Adalberto Gomes ...
Samy (as Gilson Gomes)
Luke Denis Nolan ...
Detective Moosbruger
Ana Paula Demambro ...
Drena (as Ana Paula De Mambro)
Club Manager
Ingrid Costa Silva ...
Club Hostess
Cristina Sverzuti ...
Prostitute #2 (as Cristina Sverzuti Fidencio)


In a dark and decadent area of São Paulo, the exiled Americans Sinatra and his son Paul own a brothel. Paul is a compulsive gambler addicted in cocaine and his father is married with the former prostitute Angie, and they have a little son. When a client is killed by his wife in their establishment, they find a suitcase with drugs. In the night that they have scheduled a negotiation with African buyers, their African liaison dies while having sex with the travesty Nazda. Sinatra proposes to the Nigerian dishwasher of the brothel, Wemba, to travel to the harbor of Santos, close the business with the drug dealers and in return he would receive a large amount. Wemba accepts but while returning to his car in the harbor, he is attacked by two smalltime thieves and passes out. His lack of contact with Sinatra and Paul leads to a sequence of misunderstandings with a tragic end. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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You can escape anything but your destiny. See more »


Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for strong violence and sexual content, pervasive language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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The Little Thief  »

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1 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What fun seeing a good ole fashion blood and guts, shoot 'em up noir. I felt like I was seeing a whole other side of the way crime thrillers could be made. This one uses sex, mostly in the backdrop and dialog in a hauntingly unerotic way--which speaks to the characters' misery and inability to feel pleasure. Not even sex or drugs can save them.

Journey's plot is secondary to the indelible, painterly images; so much like Christopher Doyle's work that I had to stop the DVD and see who the cinematographer was.

Scott Glenn rises to the occasion playing father and husband trying to make one last score so he can get out of the game. The old actor brings a lifetime of experience to the part. And really makes you invest emotionally in his plight. Also strong is Brendan Fraser, jumping out of his comedic pigeonhole and delivering an incredibly nuanced performance, at times funny, frightening and unforgettable.

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