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The Forest (2002)

A Selva (original title)
Young man, of Portuguese nobility ascendancy, starts working in a rubber plantation in the Amazon, in 1912, and falls in love with pretty Yayá, a married woman.


Leonel Vieira


Ferreira de Castro (novel), Izaías Almada (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Diogo Morgado ... Alberto
Karra Elejalde ... Velasco
Maitê Proença ... Dona Yayá
Chico Díaz ... Firmino
Claudio Marzo ... Juca Tristão (as Cláudio Marzo)
Gracindo Júnior Gracindo Júnior ... Sr. Guerreiro
Zé Dumont Zé Dumont ... Agostinho
Roberto Bonfim ... Caetano
Carlos Santos Carlos Santos ... Macedo
António Melo António Melo ... Filipe
Ruy de Carvalho ... Comendador
João Acaiabe João Acaiabe ... Tiago
Zózimo Bulbul Zózimo Bulbul ... Procópio
Sergio Villanueva ... Argentino
Roberto Frota Roberto Frota ... Lourenço
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Young man, of Portuguese nobility ascendancy, starts working in a rubber plantation in the Amazon, in 1912, and falls in love with pretty Yayá, a married woman.

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The Law of The Jungle
19 October 2008 | by valadasSee all my reviews

This movie is inspired in the novel by the Portuguese writer Ferreira de Castro which was a best-seller in 1930 and was translated in several languages. In 1912 a Portuguese young man comes to Brazil running away from the Republic which had been proclaimed in Portugal in 1910, since he was a monarchist. He is educated (can even play the piano) but he gets only a job as "seringueiro" (rubber-gatherer) in a remote place in the Amazonian jungle which is almost like hell. The law there is the will of the white owners of the ground where the rubber trees grow and their foremen which can punish the workers (mostly Negroes or half-caste) by whipping or even killing them by such faults as not producing enough work or trying to escape, in a system akin to slavery. The workers while working in the forest are also subject to attacks by savage Indians tribesmen and wild animals such as ounces and jaguars. After a certain time the young man gets some kind of "promotion" and comes to work in the store and the office of the rubber estate where he gets better treatment and is even admitted at the table of the owner. There he falls in love with the beautiful book-keeper's wife which will bring him a lot of trouble in that kind of milieu. The movie is very well made and shows in a very realistic way the daily life in an Amazonian rubber estate. It's served by an excellent cast of performers including those who do the roles of the semi-slave workers. Its only flaw in my opinion is its inconclusive end after the final very violent scenes of the climax. But a good movie in any case.

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Release Date:

1 November 2002 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

La selva See more »

Filming Locations:

Belém, Pará, Brazil See more »


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EUR3,600,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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