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?
Macabea has just moved to the big city after her aunt, who raised her, died. She gets a job as a typist and moves into a boarding house with three other women. In her spare time she listens... See full summary »
The story of a famous Brazilian criminal, called The Red Light Bandit because he always used a red flashlight to break in the houses during the night. Working alone, he also used to rape his female victims.
The ironic, heartbreaking and acid "saga" of a spoiled tomato: from the plantation of a "Nisei" (Brazilian with Japanese origins); to a supermarket; to a consumer's kitchen to become sauce ... See full summary »
Eduardo Coutinho was filming a movie with the same name in the Northeast of Brazil, in 1964, when there came the military coup. He had to interrupt the project, and came back to it in 1981,... See full summary »
Tite de Lemos,
A pawn shop proprietor buys used goods from desperate locals--as much to play perverse power games as for his own livelihood, but when the perfect rump and a backed-up toilet enter his life, he loses all control.
Two friends take two prostitutes for a night of pleasure. But the night turns out to be frustrating for all involved, as much bitterness is revealed in their conversation and attitudes, ... See full summary »
Documentary about Santiago, a peculiar man who used to work for the director and his parents as a butler. The material was filmed in 1992 but, for some strange reason, the director felt he ... See full summary »
A very well done movie with deep and important social and economic issues
The amazing first scene of "The man who was turned to juice" indicates that this is not an ordinary movie, but a very special film which should be much more remembered and referenced. That impression was not false at all. This is the story of the funny main character, Deraldo, brilliantly portrayed by always excellent actor José Dumont, who is accused of murder. While trying not to be arrested, Deraldo survives with difficulties but does not accept the subordinate position that is expected from a poor guy like him, who came from Brazilian Northeast to huge and urban São Paulo town to improve his life (tough also living in bad conditions and suffering prejudice). This is a clever movie about class and labor relations, about center x periphery (or also modern x traditional), about salaried work, about the subordination of citizenship to formal inclusion. Other issues are also well treated concurrently, such as the macho culture, misogyny, illiteracy, the persecution of street workers, the values of military dictatorship and repression against unions, the generation contrasts, spectacularization of poverty, Brazilian economy... Both the dialogues and cinematography are great. The soundtrack is very well chosen, representing both Northeastern culture and the social and economic issues treated in the movie. All the actors do a great job but, as already mentioned in this review, José Dumont performs in a higher level, he is nothing but superb! Both he and the movie itself won international prizes. Nobody can deny that is is absolutely deserved. To resume, is there a place for poetry in this harsh world? Is there a place for rebellion? How not to be smashed?
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