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The Foreign Eye (2006)

Olhar Estrangeiro (original title)
Fantasies and clichés about Brazil and Brazilians as reinforced by international films, even those actually shot in Brazil. This documentary features interviews with non-Brazilian directors... See full summary »

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Fantasies and clichés about Brazil and Brazilians as reinforced by international films, even those actually shot in Brazil. This documentary features interviews with non-Brazilian directors, writers and stars who have been involved in some of those films. Written by fabreu

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A Prejudiced Look over Foreign People
24 August 2009 | by See all my reviews

I really though this could be a great movie. I like documentaries. This one was supposed to have some great actors speaking to the camera about Brazil, so I was eager to give it a try and see for myself.

The director spend most (if not all) of the movie pretending to analyze which kind of view most foreign people have from Brazil, some after seeing a movie where Brazil is depicted, some a long time after they actually participated in such a movie and others that might have directed one.

At first it is really boring, because she insists on picking on such tiny details that were incorrectly depicted. And again, and again... (as if the actors were guilty of not knowing Brazil profoundly before playing their part; or as if they actually wrote the script - ridiculous in any way)

Then, it's really irritating, because we see that in fact she's on some kind of witch-hunt that can only do herself any good. Is it really anybody's fault if we think Carnival and Beautiful Women when we think of Brazil? Is it that bad? So, whose fault is it if we associate Scotland with Whiskey, Germany with Sausages, England with Fog, Italy with Pasta and so on? Come on...

After all, this movie is a complete waste of time, except maybe for her, the director.


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