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O Homem Que Desafiou o Diabo (2007)

After being forced into a marriage and enduring a humiliating work routine in the hands of his father-in-law, Zé Araújo becomes the mythical Ojuara, an unconventional hero devoted to debauchery.

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Credited cast:
Marcos Palmeira ...
Zé Araújo / Ojuara
Flávia Alessandra ...
Mãe de Pantanha
Lívia Falcão ...
Dualiba
Fernanda Paes Leme ...
Genifer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Renato Consorte ...
Turco
Otto Ferreira ...
Zé Tabacão
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Zé Pretinho
Leon Goes ...
Hunchback
Quitéria Kelly ...
Woman at the ball #1
Giselle Lima ...
Eleonora
Sérgio Mamberti ...
Coronel Rusevelt
Carmita Medeiros ...
Dona Belinha
Pedrinho Mendes ...
Pacheco
Antonio Pitanga ...
Preto Velho
Juliana Porteus ...
Sue / The american dancer at the circus
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In the Northeastern of Brazil, the wolf traveling salesman of fabric José Araújo arrives at Jardim dos Caiacós and succeeds in selling his merchandise to the Turkish Turco. He goes to a ball to celebrate the business and he meets Dualiba, the forty and something year-old virgin daughter of Turco. He shags Dualiba and she tells her father what happened, and José Araújo is forced to marry her. When the resigned Araújo discovers that he is the motive of joke in the town, he changes his name to Ojuara and becomes a fearless lonely rider though the countryside of Northeastern to the paradisiacal São Sarué. Along his journey, his name becomes a legend that has defeated the devil and many bullies. He meets the gorgeous Jacirene a.k.a. Genifer in a brothel; the circus acrobat in the trapeze Sue; the evil Mãe de Pantanha and her "vagina dentata" ("toothed vagina"); and the daughter of a powerful farmer Eleonora. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The Man Who Challenged the Devil  »

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I Loved This Surrealistic Brazilian Movie
17 November 2009 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In the Northeastern of Brazil, the wolf traveling salesman of fabric José Araújo (Marcos Palmeira) arrives at Jardim dos Caiacós and succeeds in selling his merchandise to the Turkish Turco (Renato Consorte). He goes to a ball to celebrate the business and he meets Dualiba (Lívia Falcão), the forty and something year-old virgin daughter of Turco. He shags Dualiba and she tells her father what happened, and José Araújo is forced to marry her. When the resigned Araújo discovers that he is the motive of joke in the town, he changes his name to Ojuara and becomes a fearless lonely rider though the countryside of Northeastern to the paradisiacal São Sarué. Along his journey, his name becomes a legend that has defeated the devil and many bullies. In his romantic saga, he meets the gorgeous Jacirene a.k.a. Genifer (Fernanda Paes Leme) in a brothel; the circus acrobat in the trapeze Sue (Juliana Porteus); the evil Mãe de Pantanha (Flávia Alessandra) and her "vagina dentata" ("toothed vagina"); and the daughter of a powerful farmer Eleonora (Giselle Lima).

I loved the surrealistic Brazilian movie "O Homem Que Desafiou o Diabo". The story is totally related to the imaginary and legends in the culture of the Northeastern of Brazil, and overseas viewers will certainly miss the meaning of the regional vocabulary used by the characters that are impossible to be accurately translated. Even Brazilian viewers not familiarized with the Northeastern culture will not fully understand the words and grammar in the dialogs. Each actor and actress is wonderful and it is quite unfair to highlight individuals performances, but Marcos Palmeira is awesome in the roles of José Araújo and Ojuara (Araújo written backwards, since he is "reborn" the opposite of the happy traveling salesman). The TV soap opera and series actress Fernanda Paes Leme is astonishingly sweet and gorgeous in the role of the disputed prostitute Genifer. Lívia Falcão is hilarious in the role of a forty and something year-old woman that becomes a nymphomaniac after losing her virginity and her sequences are the funniest in this movie. The direction, story, screenplay, cinematography, locations, makeup and special effects are magnificent. The songs of the ex-Minister of Culture Gilberto Gil and André Moraes are adorable. Unfortunately the IMDb User Rating (6/10 with 155 votes) is unfair. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "O Homem Que Desafiou o Diabo" ("The Man that Challenged the Devil")


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