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Lavoura Arcaica (2001)

Not Rated | | Drama | 29 October 2001 (Brazil)
Brazilian baroque. The young son that ran from his dominant family, descends into decadence and then returns to the nest. With melodramatic themes of tyrannical fathers, incest, fierce ... See full summary »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Selton Mello ... André
Simone Spoladore Simone Spoladore ... Ana / Sister
Raul Cortez Raul Cortez ... Yohana / Father
Juliana Carneiro da Cunha Juliana Carneiro da Cunha ... Mother
Leonardo Medeiros ... Pedro / the elder brother
Caio Blat ... Lula / the younger brother
Mônica Nassif Mônica Nassif ... Sister
Renata Rizek Renata Rizek ... Sister
Denise Del Vecchio Denise Del Vecchio ... Prostitute
Luiz Fernando Carvalho ... André / Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Felipe Abreu Salomão Felipe Abreu Salomão
Samir Muci Alcici Júnior Samir Muci Alcici Júnior
Leda Samara Antunes Leda Samara Antunes
Pablo César Câncio Pablo César Câncio ... André as a boy
Raphaela Borges David Raphaela Borges David
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Brazilian baroque. The young son that ran from his dominant family, descends into decadence and then returns to the nest. With melodramatic themes of tyrannical fathers, incest, fierce family conflicts and an overheated and intense visual style to match. Written by Anonymous

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Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

29 October 2001 (Brazil) See more »

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A la izquierda del padre See more »

Filming Locations:

Minas Gerais, Brazil

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1.85 : 1
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You Need To Be Patient and Probably Read the Book First
8 December 2005 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

I read and heard many good comments about the cult "Lavoura Arcaica", and I have been waiting for the DVD for four years. I have just bought the "previously seen" DVD from a rental, and I have not finished watching the movie yet (I have just seen 122 minutes running time, and I am writing this review to rest before the next 50 minutes conclusion). This movie has great cinematography and music score, and an awesome and impressive performance of Selton Mello. Unfortunately the director and screenplay writer Luis Fernando Carvalho wrote a very boring screenplay, forgetting that cinema must have a suitable pace and language. Further, that the viewer not necessarily read the novel of Raduan Nassar before watching his movie. The poetic and erudite lines and dialogs are not adequate for cinema, but for theater. The movie is spoken in my native language, and I am completely tired with two hours of a very heavy and theatrical story. Imagine overseas viewers, trying to read the subtitles with this very unusual text! I have just checked the awards of "Lavoura Arcaica" and most of them refers to cinematography, lead actor, supporting actor and actress and other technical awards (art direction, editing, sound, music etc), which I totally agree. With a better screenplay and pace, "Lavoura Arcaica" could be an excellent movie. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Lavoura Arcaica" ("Archaic Field Work")


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