A drama steeped in Portugal's Fado music culture.


Carlos Saura
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Credited cast:
Chico Buarque Chico Buarque ... Self (as Chico Buarque de Hollanda)
Camané ... Self
Carlos do Carmo Carlos do Carmo ... Self
Lila Downs ... Self
Toni Garrido Toni Garrido ... Self
Lura Lura ... Self
Alfredo Marceneiro Alfredo Marceneiro ... Self (archive footage)
Mariza Mariza ... Self
Miguel Poveda Miguel Poveda ... Self
Amália Rodrigues ... Self (archive footage)
Argentina Santos Argentina Santos ... Self
Ana Sofia Varela Ana Sofia Varela ... Self
Caetano Veloso ... Self


Having taken on flamenco ("Sevillanas") and tango ("Tango"), Carlos Saura tackles a third great melancholy music style, directing "Fados," a celebration of Portugal's classic, lamenting acoustic folk songs. The film combines fado performances from top artists, dance from Portugal, Brazil and Cape Verde and archive footage. In the song centrepieces, artists deliver contemporary versions of fado classics. Lined up fadistas include young female star Mariza as well as Grammy award-winner Carlos do Carmo. Renowned diva Amália Rodrigues is remembered through arquive footage while the exploration of fado's influences and roots gives opportunities to embrace prestigious Brazilian performers Caetano Veloso, Chico Buarque and the emerging Cape Verdean star Lura.

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A journey through Fado
22 July 2009 | by pablo-esquerSee all my reviews

This movie captivated me. Although i must say it didn't do so from the very start. It took me a scene (and/or a song) to begin to submerge deeply into the feeling of the music that floods this tale of Saura. And it's been wonderful. Each song made me want to live it again a thousand times, i felt it resound inside my head and each singer moved me to the point where they gave me to carry all of their sorrow and burden.

Absolutely a must see for all of those who've been caught inside the music and don't know how - or don't want to - be set free. For all of you is this journey in which Carlos Saura invites us to go.

A journey that conjugates perfectly music, contemporary dance, scene art, costume design, lighting and of course cinema

Unfortunately there is occasions within the film in which this escapes perhaps too much from what we can refer to as the "real Fado". For example the scene where the raper NBC pays his tribute. I feel that's a fairly big - and unjustified - jump from the feeling that was building up throughout the film... this "saudade", that Portuguese people have so jealously kept for themselves, but that they tell us about it in Fado. Another black spot (in my judgment of course) it's the dancers in that same scene, who i presume - and hope - do an improvisation that's poorly accomplished, and seems more like a mockery than an interpretation of the music that NBC is singing. However, this little "impasse" is saved completely thanks to the great interpretation in the next scene from Carlos do Carmo.

Another great aspect of this film is that each scene it's different and appealing. Saura accomplish this experimenting with, as i was saying, the dance, light, scenery, costume, music or all of them at once.

A movie to feel.

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Release Date:

6 March 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fados See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain


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Opening Weekend USA:

$10,823, 8 March 2009

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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