Journey to the End of the Night (2006)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  9 January 2007 (Netherlands)
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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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Where life is cheap... and hope is priceless. 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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9 January 2007 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

The Little Thief  »

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$6,200,000 (estimated)

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Just saw it at Tribeca...
30 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The film is a second feature by a director who had a film at Tribeca a few years ago which i never saw. This is a gritty pot boiler made in Brazil with an eclectic mix of famous faces and non-professional actors. The film is extremely violent but not without a soul. I particularly applaud Brendan Fraser for a stellar turn as the Bad Guy. Here is a part that he might well be remember for in years to come. Also very good is Scott Glenn and Mos Def. My favorite aspect of the film was the film score which was very emotional. I give it a solid 7 for those that like crime films. Beware there is a lot of blood in this one.

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