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The Dolphin (1987)

Ele, o Boto (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama
A dolphin takes the form of a human man in order to seduce the women of a fishing village.

Director:

Walter Lima Jr.

Writers:

Lima Barreto (story), Tairone Feitosa | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Carlos Alberto Riccelli Carlos Alberto Riccelli ... Boto
Cássia Kis Cássia Kis ... Tereza (as Cássia Kiss)
Ney Latorraca ... Rufino
Dira Paes ... Corina
Paulo Vinicius Paulo Vinicius ... Luciano
Ruy Polanah Ruy Polanah ... Zé Amaro
Maria Sílvia Maria Sílvia ... Aunt
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bebeto Bahia Bebeto Bahia
Rolando Boldrin ... Narrator
Lutero Luiz Lutero Luiz
Vanja Orico Vanja Orico
Marcos Palmeira Marcos Palmeira
Tonico Pereira Tonico Pereira
Sandro Solviatti Sandro Solviatti
Ayrton Vieira Ayrton Vieira
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A dolphin takes the form of a human man in order to seduce the women of a fishing village.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

Brazil

Language:

Portuguese

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Brazil

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Obscure gem
15 January 2010 | by FalconeerSee all my reviews

Strange, obscure Brazillian film that takes place in a picturesque fishing village, where the men spend their days at sea while their women wait for them on shore. A "Boto," or merman-like creature visits the lonely women, and takes them as lovers before disappearing into the sea. One woman in particular becomes known as the "Boto's woman" and he returns after some years to reunite with her. "O boto" is special in that it is a truly erotic film, without being at all explicit. The tale is based on Brazillian folklore and is certainly unique, and enchanting besides. One drawback of this fine film is that many scenes are filmed at night, by moonlight, and they are so dimly lit that it isn't always easy to see what is going on. This is a shame because the cast is primarily beautiful, in particular the young Brazillian actor Paolo Vinicious, from 'Emerald Forest." Vinicious has an important role as Luciano, the bastard son of the Boto. The merman creature himself doesn't seem to have human emotions, even as he can take human form at will. Boto has no qualms about seducing the love of his son's life, the beautiful Corinna, who goes insane after her coupling with the merman. Boto's son has the same sensuous and brooding energy as his father, and witnessing their final confrontation is a centerpiece of the film. "O Boto" possesses a feeling of sadness and mystery. It is a slow and quiet film, a dreamlike and always fascinating work from Brazil. Unfortunately there is only an old VHS print available for English speaking audiences, but this is better than nothing. recommended for fans of strange and off beat cinema.


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