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São Bernardo (1972)

The story of Paulo Honório, a poor kid who becomes a rich farmer. Obsessed by his desire to get even richer, he doesn't pay much attention to his wife, Madalena, a teacher who reacts against his tyrannical ways.

Director:

Leon Hirszman

Writers:

Leon Hirszman, Graciliano Ramos (novel)
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Credited cast:
Othon Bastos Othon Bastos ... Paulo Honorio
Isabel Ribeiro ... Madalena
Nildo Parente Nildo Parente ... Padilha
Vanda Lacerda Vanda Lacerda ... Dona Glória
Mário Lago ... Nogueira
Joseph Guerreiro Joseph Guerreiro ... Gondim (as Josef Guerreiro)
Joffre Soares Joffre Soares ... Padre Brito
Rodolfo Arena Rodolfo Arena ... Dr.Magalhães
Labanca Labanca ... (as José Labanca)
José Policena José Policena
Andrey Salvador Andrey Salvador
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Luiz Carlos Braga Luiz Carlos Braga
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The story of Paulo Honório, a poor kid who becomes a rich farmer. Obsessed by his desire to get even richer, he doesn't pay much attention to his wife, Madalena, a teacher who reacts against his tyrannical ways.

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Country:

Brazil

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

26 November 1975 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Lærerinden fra Sao Bernardo See more »

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Mono

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Color
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Human Relationships, Greedy, Brutality and Jealousy
1 January 2009 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the São Bernardo Farm, Viçosa, Alagoas, the violent eighteen year-old Paulo Honório (Othon Bastos) is arrested after stabbing João Fagundes, who had flirted with his lover Germana. He spends three and half year in jail, where he learns how to read and write; then the greedy Paulo returns to the hard work with the hoe and trading, but also lending money and charging high interests, accumulating capital. He takes the São Bernardo Farm from Luiz Padilha (Nildo Parente), who owed him money, and he uses his henchman to kill his neighbor Mendonça and resolve a demarcation of land issue. Paulo Honório becomes a wealth farmer exploring his workers and during a trip by train, he meets Dona Glória (Vanda Lacerda) and later her twenty-seven year-old niece Madalena (Isabel Ribeiro). She is a teacher in a nearby village, but Paulo convinces her to marry him without love and move to São Bernardo, His life is completely affected with her behavior, helping the people explored by him. Paulo considers her communist and his brutal and jealous behavior kills Madalena, and Paulo Honório questions his life in the end.

"São Bernardo" is a famous novel of the Brazilian writer Graciliano Ramos where human relationships, greedy, brutality and jealousy are disclosed through dense characters in an environment of the capitalism of the North and Northeast countryside of Brazil. Paulo Honório is the self-made man exploring his "animals" meaning the local people while Madalena is a woman with culture and social concerns. This low-paced movie was awarded with many prizes and in addition to the ones listed in IMDb, it also won: "Coruja de Ouro (1973)" (best director Leon Hirszman; best supporting actress Vanda Lacerda; best costume designer Luiz Carlos Ripper; best set decoration Tulio Costa; and Quality Award INC); "Air France Award" (1973) (best film; best director Leon Hirszman; best actor Othon Bastos; best actress Isabel Ribeiro) and "Embrafilme" (best film based on novel of Brazilian writer). My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "São Bernardo"


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