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The Machine (2005)

A Máquina (original title)
Karina has 2 dreams: to become an actress & to see the world. Antonio is in love with her. He promises to bring the world to "Nordestina", a village in the sticks of Brazil. This backwater ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paulo Autran ...
Antônio no Futuro
Gustavo Falcão ...
Mariana Ximenes ...
Doido Cético
Vladimir Brichta ...
José Onório
Homem da Televisão
Fabiana Karla ...
Dona Nazaré
Val Perré ...
Valdene (Adulto)
Prazeres Barbosa ...
Osvaldo Mil ...
Seu Neco
Cristiane Ferreira ...
Maria da Graça
Fernanda Beling ...
Aramis Trindade ...
Doido da Mochila
Edmilson Barros ...
Doido Discípulo
Karina Falcão ...
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Karina has 2 dreams: to become an actress & to see the world. Antonio is in love with her. He promises to bring the world to "Nordestina", a village in the sticks of Brazil. This backwater village has 2 population groups: those who are leaving, and those who are thinking about leaving. Antonio leaves in what appears to be a suicide crusade - openly promising on TV that he will give his Karina all she could wish for, or he'll face a deadly machine he has invented. To challenge fate, he also declares that he'll travel into the future. The day he has to make good on his promises, all "Nordestina" is there, expecting Antonio to realize his promises. Written by Gonz30

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Written by Antonio Carlos Jobim (as Tom Jobim)
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A Poetic and Magic Fable of Love
2 November 2006 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Nordestina, a village in the middle of nowhere in Pernambuco, Antônio (Gustavo Falcão) is the youngest son of his mother, who had uninterruptedly cried for five years. When he is a young man, he falls in love for Karina (Mariana Ximenes), a seventeen years old teenager that dreams to see the world and becomes an actress. Antônio promises Karina to bring the world to Nordestina, and once in Rio de Janeiro, he participates of a sensationalist television show and promises to travel to the fifty years ahead in the future or die for love with a deadly machine he had invented. Fifty years later, Antônio (Paulo Autran) tries to fix what was wrong in his travel.

"A Máquina" is one of the best Brazilian movies I have recently seen. The refreshing and original story is a poetic and magic fable of love that will certainly thrill the most skeptical and tough viewer, in a unique romance. The direction is excellent; the screenplay is awesome; the cinematography and colors are magnificent; the cast leaded by Gustavo Falcão, the icon Paulo Autran and Mariana Ximenes is fantastic, with marvelous lines; the soundtrack has some beautiful Brazilian songs highlighting Geraldo Azevedo and Rento Rocha's "Dia Branco". If this movie is distributed overseas, please thrust me and rent it or buy the DVD because I bet you will love the story that will bring you into tears. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "A Máquina – O Combustível é o Amor" ("The Machine – The Fuel is Love")

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