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Documentary about Santiago, a peculiar man who used to work for the director and his parents as a butler. The material was filmed in 1992 but, for some strange reason, the director felt he couldn't edit it and put it aside. In 2005 he remembers the unfinished film and starts its edition. Written by lukejoplin@infolink.com.br

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The Butler, by the Master's Son
11 October 2011 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In 1992, Brazilian director João Moreira Salles filmed his Argentinean butler Santiago Badariotti Merlo, who was born in 1912 and had worked for thirty years for his family in the huge house of their own in Gávea. Two years later, Santiago died and the film was left aside. In 2005, João Moreira Salles decided to edit the material and release the documentary about Santiago.

The awarded and overrated documentary "Santiago" is a very personal project of João Moreira Salles about his family's butler. The screenplay is manipulative and there are footages telling Santiago what to say or how to move. Santiago is a man with culture and polyglot that does not speak Portuguese but seems to be a character intimidated by the son of his master. In the only moment that he wants to tell something by his own, the camera is turned off. I believe that only very specific viewers may enjoy this personal documentary. My vote is four.

Title (Brazil): "Santiago"


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