The widow piano teacher Lúcia and her unemployed teenage son Rafa move to a poor neighborhood in the periphery of São Paulo after the bankrupting of her pension plan. Rafa a.k.a. Pilot ... See full summary »
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The widow piano teacher Lúcia and her unemployed teenage son Rafa move to a poor neighborhood in the periphery of São Paulo after the bankrupting of her pension plan. Rafa a.k.a. Pilot tells his mother that he is going to the movie theater with his friend Beto, but they go to a street racing instead in a car that Beto has stolen in the workshop where he works. While seeking the documents, they find a revolver in the glove compartment. When Rafa hits the car of a black man in a maneuver, he shoots Beto on the chest. Rafa takes the gun and accidentally kills a girl. He is sent to prison and during one visit, Lúcia meets the influent lawyer Ruiva and they befriend each other. Ruiva, who is one of the head of the criminal organization "Party", offers money to the needy Lúcia to help her in minor wrongdoings, such as bringing illegal stuff to the inmates. Meanwhile the leaders of the powerful criminal organization have inner fights; when they are sent to a maximum security prison, they ... Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
While Salve Geral's main storyline is fictional, its background story draws inspiration from a true happening: on the 12th of May 2006, the criminal organization PCC (Primeiro Comando da Capital - First Command of the Capital) led a series of violent attacks against security forces and a few civilian targets spread all over the city of São Paulo. Several police officers were brutally killed in well organized actions that targeted no civilians although the deaths of 4 citizens were registered. Due to sensationalist media, schools, offices, and shopping malls were shut and people took cover in their homes, while the criminals attacked police stations, bank agencies, police officer's homes, and public buses. The wave of violence ceased gradually until it stopped completely two days later. See more »
Brazilian cinema has some history of attempts to deconstruct traditional canons of cinema as a school of consumption, alongside with big problems to finance anything that is not imitative of blockbusting soothing products for mass consumption. In the meanwhile, globo filmes pray in the lines of the orthodox confession of faith, and finance things like ... salve geral. What is seen is a bad plot composition spoken in Portuguese. Bad guys vs good guys. I imagine that things such as this are happening in other cinema schools, what doesn't add to the understanding of how Brazil - or Brazilian prisional system really works. If you put a Bruce willis here and some denzel washington there, you may even generate an Oscar-winning piece of ...work. Facts are correct, but badly narrated, this is it.
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