7.2/10
627
16 user 31 critic

Fados (2007)

Unrated | | Documentary, Musical | 6 March 2009 (USA)
Trailer
1:16 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

ON DISC
A drama steeped in Portugal's Fado music culture.

Director:

2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A look at the history and traditions of flamenco music and dance through the live performance of a wide variety of pieces.

Director: Carlos Saura
Stars: Sara Baras, José Miguel Carmona, Montse Cortés
Tango (1998)
Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Mario Suarez is a forty-something tango artist, whose wife Laura has left him. He leaves his apartment and starts preparing a film about tango.

Director: Carlos Saura
Stars: Miguel Ángel Solá, Cecilia Narova, Mía Maestro
Flamenco (1995)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

As a hall fills with performers, a narrator says that flamenco came from Andalucia, a mix of Greek psalms, Mozarabic dirges, Castillian ballads, Jewish laments, Gregorian chants, African ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Saura
Stars: La Paquera de Jerez, Merche Esmeralda, Manolo Sanlúcar
Carmen I (1983)
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A group of flamenco dancers are rehearsing a very spanish version of the Prosper Merimee's drama. Antonio (the coreographer) falls in love with Carmen (the main dancer). Their story then ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Saura
Stars: Antonio Gades, Laura del Sol, Paco de Lucía
Drama | History | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A drama based on the life of 18th century Italian lyricist Lorenzo da Ponte, who collaborated with Mozart on his "Don Giovanni" opera.

Director: Carlos Saura
Stars: Tobias Moretti, Eulàlia Ramon, Sergi Roca
Salomé (2002)
Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The story of Salomé told as one of extreme love and vengeance. A director prepares a troupe of flamenco dancers for a performance. He summarizes the story and describes his spring for the ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Saura
Stars: Aída Gómez, Pere Arquillué, Paco Mora
Iberia (2005)
Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A series of dances inspired by composer Isaac Albéniz's "Iberia" suite.

Director: Carlos Saura
Stars: Sara Baras, Antonio Canales, Marta Carrasco
Documentary | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Director: Carlos Saura
Stars: Pedro Aznar, Juan Falú, Marian Farías Gómez
Sevillanas (1992)
Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Filmed like a documentary, "Sevillanas" consists of eleven short performances by Spain's most famous flamenco dancers, singers and guitarists. Saura, well-known for his flamenco films ("... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Saura
Stars: Manuela Carrasco, Matilde Coral, Paco de Lucía
Biography | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Francisco Goya (1746-1828), deaf and ill, lives the last years of his life in voluntary exile in Bordeaux, a Liberal protesting the oppressive rule of Ferdinand VII. He's living with his ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Saura
Stars: Francisco Rabal, José Coronado, Dafne Fernández
Cria Cuervos (1976)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

In Madrid, the orphan sisters Irene, Ana and Maite are raised by their austere aunt Paulina together with their mute and crippled grandmother after the death of their mother and their ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Saura
Stars: Geraldine Chaplin, Mónica Randall, Florinda Chico
Taxi (1996)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A young girl, after failing an exam, is forced by her father, a taxi-driver, to learn his profession. Soon she discovers that her father is not only a driver but also a member of a racist ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Saura
Stars: Ingrid Rubio, Carlos Fuentes, Ágata Lys
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Chico Buarque ...
Himself (as Chico Buarque de Hollanda)
Camané ...
Himself
Carlos do Carmo ...
Himself
...
Herself
Toni Garrido ...
Himself
Lura ...
Herself
Alfredo Marceneiro ...
Himself (archive footage)
Mariza ...
Herself
Miguel Poveda ...
Himself
Amália Rodrigues ...
Herself (archive footage)
Argentina Santos ...
Herself
Ana Sofia Varela ...
Herself
...
Himself
Edit

Storyline

A drama steeped in Portugal's Fado music culture.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

fado | one word title | See All (2) »


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

6 March 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fadolar  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$10,823 (USA) (6 March 2009)

Gross:

$129,150 (USA) (26 June 2009)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This was the last film to be released in the United States by New Yorker Films. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Fados (2007)
10 January 2012 | by (Portland OR) – See all my reviews

Like FLAMENCO, this is a performance film by Saura, in this case highlighting the Portugeuse "fado" music. But this is a far less compelling work. The first problem is the music itself. Although quite lovely and expressive, it's almost entirely ballads (the most uptempo it ever gets is an ill-conceived fado-inspired rap). Very pretty, but hard to appreciate for 90 minutes. Perhaps to offset this issue, Saura goes for a lot of visual stylization, which is the other major problem. Fado has no dance component, but many of numbers feature choreography, sometimes effectively, but something rather incongruous with the music. And then there's the abundance of mirrors, the use of film clips and stock footage, the sets, and most tacky of all, the giant video screens. It's just too busy and showy, and seems to suggest a lack of confidence in the performers' ability to captivate an audience. I'd rather just listen to the soundtrack (and minus the rap song, please).


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Soundtrack ? ideasputtowork
Saura masterpiece again... pywalkye2
Spanish director for Portuguese Fados? JackBluegrass
Discuss Fados (2007) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page