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The Clown (2011)

O Palhaço (original title)
Father and son work as clowns Puro Sangue/Valdemar and Pangare/Benjamin in a circus in the Brazilian countryside. Benjamin decides to follow a different path and meets several people on the way.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Benjamim / Pangaré
Paulo José ...
Valdemar / Puro Sangue
Larissa Manoela ...
Giselle Motta ...
Teuda Bara ...
Dona Zaira
Álamo Facó ...
João Lorota
Cadu Fávero ...
Tony Lo Bianco
Erom Cordeiro ...
Robson Félix
Hossen Minussi ...
Chico Lorota
Maira Chasseroux ...
Lara Lane (as Maira Chasseraux)
Thogun ...
Michelle Martins ...
Bruna Chiaradia ...
Renato Macedo ...
Tony ...
Meio-Quilo (as Tony Tonelada)


This is the story of father and son who work as clowns Puro Sangue/Valdemar (Paulo Jose) and Pangare/Benjamin (Selton Mello) in a circus which travels through the Brazilian country side. Benjamin is a clown who does not have id or social security number. Going through a phase where he starts questioning his ability to make people laugh and his future, Benjamin decides to follow a different path to find his answers and pursue his dreams: a fixed address and the ideal woman. In the adventure, he meets several people on the way to find his own identity. Written by Ronaldo Ferreira

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28 October 2011 (Brazil)  »

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The official entry of Brazil to the Best Foreign Language Film at the 85th Academy Awards 2013. See more »


The film takes place in the 70's. In the first scene, however, when the circus convoy is coming through a dirty road, the license plate of the biggest truck is a red one featuring three letters and four numbers. That license layout was established in 1990 in Brazil. See more »


Bons Ventos
Written by Plínio Profeta & Selton Mello
Performed by Selton Mello
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Simple, but complete
15 February 2012 | by (BR) – See all my reviews

In his second work as director, Selton Mello was able to abstract from simplicity and ingenuous humor an exceptional and complete piece. A very short film, without clichés or redundancies, that touches us as well as makes us laugh at simple scenes. Remarks on the Brazilian dramaturgy pearls recovered in unique scenes. We got to understand the clown's agony without getting blue, and we follow his search for a reason. Exceptionally, the first hour with all its monotony flies and we do not realize. As the last half hour conclusion (with a "golden key", as one would say) widens so we can enjoy every second. Simplicity, ingenuity, genius that make reach the completeness of the show.

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