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Orfeu (1999)

In a dangerous but human Rio's slum, rises the love affair betwen Orfeu and Eurídice, provoking jealousy and violence in times of carnival.

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Carlos Diegues

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Toni Garrido Toni Garrido ... Orfeu
Patrícia França ... Eurídice
Murilo Benício ... Lucinho
Zezé Motta ... Conceição
Milton Gonçalves ... Inácio
Isabel Fillardis Isabel Fillardis ... Mira
Maria Ceiça ... Carmen
Stepan Nercessian Stepan Nercessian ... Pacheco
Maurício Gonçalves Maurício Gonçalves ... Pecê
Lúcio Andrey Lúcio Andrey ... Piaba
Mary Sheila Mary Sheila ... Be Happy
Eliezer Motta Eliezer Motta ... Stallone
Serjão Loroza Serjão Loroza ... Coice (as Sérgio Loroza)
Silvio Guindane ... Maicol
Castrinho Castrinho ... Oswaldo
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Storyline

In a dangerous but human Rio de Janiro's slum, rises the love affair between Orfeu, a famous composer, and Eurídice, a simple but pretty brunette, provoking jealousy and violence in times of carnival. A kind of Brazilian Romeo and Juliet, full of samba. Written by Fabio Ornelas <fabiornelas@zipmail.com.br>

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Crime | Drama | Music | Romance

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Country:

Brazil

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

21 April 1999 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Orfeusz See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,908, 27 August 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$96,811, 26 November 2000
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Official submission of Brazil to the 2000's Oscars in the best foreign language film category. See more »

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Version of Orpheus (1950) See more »

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A Felicidade
Composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim
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Ancient Greek mythology meets 90s Brazilian telenovela
7 December 2013 | by cpu-4See all my reviews

Orfeu mixes elements of Greek mythology and classical theatre with Brazilian telenovelas. That may sound like a recipe for disaster, but to me the director actually pulled it off.

It was fascinating to me as someone from Western Europe to see how different life in the favelas is (both in good and bad ways), and to see the ancient Greek story set in such a different context. The cinematography is also great.

I can see how some would be disappointed if they were expecting to get immersed into a convincing story set in the midst of a full blown carnival extravaganza though.

The main characters Orfeu and Euridice didn't really come to life to me as genuine likable individuals that I could identify with, but more as the original Greek personas. However most other members of the cast did not have this "problem" and provided plenty of convincing drama.

Also although we are treated to some scenes of the amazing Rio carnival, the director doesn't really seem to immerse us in that world of extravagance. We are almost looking at it from a distance, as if to say it's not that important to the actual story.

To sum it all up: what makes Brazil interesting is that it is such a melting pot, and melting very different elements into a lively stew is exactly what happens in Orfeu. It may not always be that easy to digest, but boring it is not!


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