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Geraldo Del Rey,
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Maurício do Valle,
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Nelson Pereira dos Santos
Modesto De Souza,
A simple yet devout Christian makes a vow to Saint Barbara after she saves his donkey, but everyone he meets seems determined to misunderstand his intentions. Will he be able to keep his promise in the end?
In 1963, in the village of Milagres in a very poor area of Brazil, a group of soldiers arrive to protect the store of a politician from a group of starving people. They have rifles for guarding the food and avoid the sacking by the population. One of the soldiers, completely drunken, kills a local in a dispute with his colleagues for killing a goat. The truck driver Gaúcho (Átila Iório) revolts against the passivity of a father that has just lost his little daughter, who died of starvation, and the pacific population that only prays and follows a preacher, and fights against the soldiers.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
I saw this film in India some 15 years ago and its images remain with me. I do not know Portuguese. I saw this Portuguese language film without English subtitles, yet the power of the visuals and the soundtrack was overwhelming. That in my opinion is the best testimony of good cinema.
There is an Indian film in Telugu made by director Mrinal Sen called "Ooka Oorie Katha," which had a similar impact on me. I found much of Sen's visuals very close to Guerra's film.
I have not had the opportunity to see any other film of Guerra to date. Yet on the basis of this film alone I would rate him and Nelson Pereira dos Santos as the most exciting filmmakers from Brazil. Their grammar of cinema is different from that of Hollywood, that of Europe, that of Asia and even that of Cuban cinema (which is closest in style to the work of the two directors).
From what I recall, film was not in black and white but presented in a dull sepia (not full color). I wonder if it was originally made in black and white and then treated with sepia color in the eighties for effect.
I recommend this film to anyone who likes good cinema that is different from conventional Hollywood material.
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