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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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Benjamim / Pangaré
Paulo José ...
Valdemar / Puro Sangue
Larissa Manoela ...
Guilhermina
Giselle Motta ...
Lola
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 ...
Gordini
Michelle Martins ...
Glória
Bruna Chiaradia ...
Justine
Renato Macedo ...
Borrachinha
Tony ...
Meio-Quilo (as Tony Tonelada)
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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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The official entry of Brazil to the Best Foreign Language Film at the 85th Academy Awards 2013. See more »

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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 »

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It is a racist movie
16 November 2012 | by (Rio de Janeiro - Brazil) – See all my reviews

It is, unfortunately, a Brazilian tradition. We are very good in music, TV' s series and soap operas but we are lousy movie makers. Ones can find mistakes in the script, in the sequence, everywhere in almost all films. New and old ones. Brazilian movie makers think they are Italians, but they are not. They think they are Fellini, Antonioni, etc, but they aren't. They are just a poor Selton Mello, and that males a great difference. Difference between somebody behind the cameras and nobody. That is typically a nobody movie. Dull, boring and a never ending movie. It is a movie showing Brazilian inland by a guy that had never been there and does not knows anything about there. The sequences in the countryside of Minas Gerais state are meaningless, false and fake. The dialogs in Portuguese sounds also fake: no local accent, no regional terms, no nothing. The make-up is also fake. There are female countrywomen leaving the crops after a day of work with a very nice hair, straight from a beauty parlor. And that awful movie, like all others in Brazil was financed by different levels of public entities with our people's money. But the core issue of my opinion is that this a RACIST movie. There is a single scene in which the character of Selton Mello, without any dramatic reason, says crystal clearly that black men smell bad. In other words black people stench. And I don't know the reason the movie was nominated to the Oscar, considering we are the second largest "African" Country in the world.


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