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Capitalismo Selvagem (1993)

This is a comedy; a double satire of Brazilian soap operas and at the same time, about "savage capitalism" in 1990's Brazil where the Amazon jungle is exploited, while killing Indians and ... See full summary »


André Klotzel
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Credited cast:
Cacique Apoena Cacique Apoena ... Cacique
Adilson Barros Adilson Barros ... Marcos
Vanderlei Bernardino Vanderlei Bernardino ... Copeiro
Sônia Carneiro Sônia Carneiro ... Repórter em Brasília
Maria Luíza Castelli Maria Luíza Castelli ... Dona Eduarda
Claudio Curi Claudio Curi ... Hildebrando
Tadeu di Pietro Tadeu di Pietro ... Funcionário
Ary França Ary França ... Zelador
Helen Helene Helen Helene ... Olga
Vera Holtz Vera Holtz ... Susana
André Klotzel
Adriana Lessa Adriana Lessa ... Cozinheira
Cláudio Lopomo Cláudio Lopomo ... Afonso
Oscar Magrini Oscar Magrini
José Mayer José Mayer ... Hugo Victor Assis / Ubiratã


This is a comedy; a double satire of Brazilian soap operas and at the same time, about "savage capitalism" in 1990's Brazil where the Amazon jungle is exploited, while killing Indians and appropriating the land of its few surviving owners. The plot is headed mostly by Hugo Assis (Jose Mayer), apparently at first a major industrialist, and Elisa Medeiros (Fernanda Torres), a reporter investigating the suspect activities of Mr. Assis' company. Through Elisa, the powerful industrialist discovers his true origins. During a passionate love affair with her, Mr. Assis starts to become another person. As his company begins a massive gold extraction operation on indigenous lands, Elisa becomes engaged in an environmental struggle against this project and the exploitation of Indian homelands. Written by luiza do brasil

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Release Date:

25 September 1998 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Savage Capitalism See more »

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Superfilmes, TV Cultura See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Hugo Victor Assis: Burn the village!
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Secrets from the past, a true nature about to change a future. Relatively good film about the good side inside greedy souls
22 June 2013 | by Rodrigo_AmaroSee all my reviews

An almost satire that evocates the true good nature of a greedy and insensitive mogul when he discovers the truth about his origins is what "Capitalismo Selvagem" ("Savage Capitalism") is all about. It tells about a reporter (Fernanda Torres) making a report on a powerful industrial (José Mayer) who is about to expropriate thousands of natives from their villages in order to extract minerals from their land, when she stumbles on an intriguing case: he's a native who survived an attack led by his father, being the sole survivor along with the mother, an Indian. In the turmoil of those new events, the rich man finds himself deeply connected with this other self, his ancestral roots, finding true love (the reporter) and that might be a danger to the business in progress, led by his ruthless wife (Marisa Orth), his brother (Marcelo Tas), people of truly evil nature.

Working more like a TV soap opera than a movie, quite melodramatic, sometimes dark humored, and trying to be artistic "Capitalismo Selvagem" is a good movie, just flunky and confusing at parts. It's utopic message of awakening the good side that's there buried in the coldest and greediest of people, reinforcing the traits of many influential people from that period in Brazil, is a good message although not that strong, slurred by its excessive comedic elements and lacking in seriousness. Works better when it pays its sort of tribute to the original habitants of this great proud land, our natives, respecting and showing a little about their culture. It's flights of inspiration presents bizarre sequences (the main character's epileptic attacks, where he can connects with his past while being in the present), some good yet tragic ones (the apparently innocent father throwing the ball to the dog in several scenes) and some memorable too. An uncompromising good watch. 8/10

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