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The Sign of the City (2007)
"O Signo da Cidade" (original title)

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While stars and planets move through the sky of São Paulo, randomly shooting their magic, men and women ask what will become of their dreams and desires. Gil is married and alone. Lydia ... See full summary »

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Bruna Lombardi ...
Teca
Malvino Salvador ...
Gil
Juca de Oliveira ...
Aníbal
Graziela Moretto ...
Mônica
Luis Miranda ...
Sombra
Denise Fraga ...
Lydia
Eva Wilma ...
Adélia
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Devanir
Sidney Santiago ...
Josi
Kim Riccelli ...
Gabriel
Laís Marques ...
Júlia
Bethito Tavares ...
Biô
Thiago Pinheiro ...
Luís
Rogério Brito ...
Oriovaldo
Cristina Mutarelli ...
Hilda
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While stars and planets move through the sky of São Paulo, randomly shooting their magic, men and women ask what will become of their dreams and desires. Gil is married and alone. Lydia flirts with danger. Josialdo was born to be a woman. Mônica just wants to do well in life. In her night radio show where she answers anonymous listeners, the astrologer Teca sees herself between her own problems and the wishes of others. Little by little, fate weaves everyone together in its own web. In the struggle to break their isolation and find the way to redemption, these people will discover the transforming power of solidarity. Written by O Signo da Cidade

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Cold As Ice
31 May 2010 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

'O Signo da Cidade' is a fair see movie. It's subtle and sometimes dense telling the story of different and ordinary lonely people with ordinary problems in a chaotic city with chaotic social matters as São Paulo.

Bruna Lombardi, the main actress and also the writer and the producer of the movie did a good job portraying social relationship difficulties no matter its degree, and their individual fate trying them to change it or not. We all believe in fate and destiny, but do we really make efforts to change them or are we so straight in the believing or lazy enough to leave it as it might be? The screenplay is very well written, with great dialogs and sometimes sentences or sequences that inflict us like a bullet.

With this question in mind Bruna constructs a great idea of the forces that surrounds us. Are we really able to change what is written for our lives? The movie is not about powers or heroic attitudes, but about the choices we make and the path we construct by doing it and our efforts to make it different.

Carlos Alberto Riccelli, the director and producer (and Bruna Lombardi's husband in real life), who's known in Brazil much more for his beauty than his other talents and began his career more as an actor than a director, also did a fair job as a director, but there are moments that his technical vision seems much more a problem than a virtue keeping his focus much more on the perfectionism of the scenes and its visual meanings than about the actors and the loose performances most of them provide giving lines full of superficial emotion, lacking of proper inspiration and guiding.

Even though having great scenes, sometimes seems that you are just watching an ordinary Brazilian soap opera, maybe for the standard model of making movies and TV programs that exists in Brazil dictated by its major and most social/cultural influential TV channel and also the distributor of the movie. But Riccelli and Lombardi's foreign experiences are evident here when trying to introduce some kind of European movie qualities when discussing elements in coherent and profound ways in Brazilian movie industry and that's a lot interesting and daring.

Bruna Lombardi, who follow some of the same steps of her husband and is known in Brazil much more for her beauty than her other talents and also began her career more as an actress than any other thing, seems much more confident and convincing than in most roles she played in the past.

But the efforts of both Riccelli and Lombardi are a lot relevant because thru the years of their career they simply put away their sexy symbol images to improve their artistic qualities studying and producing different kind of things in different artistic scenarios such as movies, TV, music and poetry living their life entirely for the art, proving that they really did efforts to change their fate rather than living in a comfort way, which is kind ironic and meaningful when compared to the main interest of the movie.

Like the main song of the movie says (which is also written by Bruna Lombardi and composed by Riccelli): "...in this town full of people nobody knows what you feel and nobody wants to know about nobody." This sentence is as melancholic and cold as the movie and as the city that the whole story represents.


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