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Villa-Lobos: A Life of Passion (2000)

Villa-Lobos: Uma Vida de Paixão (original title)
The film tells the story of an intuitive, adventurous man who loved his country and being Brazilian. This man fought to be loyal to himself. His music is a transparent portrait of his ... See full summary »


Zelito Viana


Joaquim Assis, Eduardo Coutinho (screenplay collaboration) | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »


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Stars: Michael Arndt, Stuart Beattie, Ryan Gosling


Cast overview, first billed only:
Antônio Fagundes ... Heitor Villa-Lobos
Marcos Palmeira Marcos Palmeira ... Heitor jovem
André Ricardo André Ricardo ... Heitor criança
Letícia Spiller ... Mindinha
Ana Beatriz Nogueira ... Lucília
José Wilker ... Donizetti
Marieta Severo ... Noemia, the mother
Othon Bastos Othon Bastos ... Raul, the father
Emílio de Mello ... Arthur Rubinstein
Antonio Pitanga Antonio Pitanga ... Joaquim
Ilya São Paulo Ilya São Paulo ... Afonso
Marcelo Tas Marcelo Tas ... Érico Veríssimo (as Marcelo Tás)
Paulo Moura Paulo Moura ... Zé Espinguela
Lucinha Lins Lucinha Lins ... Aunt Fifina
Antonio Abujamra Antonio Abujamra ... Director of Theatro Municipal


The film tells the story of an intuitive, adventurous man who loved his country and being Brazilian. This man fought to be loyal to himself. His music is a transparent portrait of his genius, intuition, freedom, adventure and passion for Brazil. The story shows aging Villa-Lobos going to a gala concert in the Theatre of Rio de Janeiro for a tribute in his honor. This is the last time he is coming out of his house alive. His looks are feverish and attentive. Different scenes of the concert will bring back memories of his life. Villa-Lobos suffers a great many ordeals: the violence of his father, his mother's sadness, the disaffection of Lucilia, his first wife, the inability to have children, the unacceptance of his art, the possible loss of Mindinha, his great love, the abyss between genius and madness. The pieces of this game recreated chronologically conform the personality of Villa: energetic and fragile, humble and megalomaniac, amorous and egocentric, brilliant and naive, ... Written by ElianaM

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Plot Keywords:

concert | time | passion | memory | brazil | See All (36) »


Biography | Drama | Music







Release Date:

9 March 2005 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Villa-Lobos See more »

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Mapa Filmes See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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This Movie Degrades The Life of probably the greatest brazillian composer
1 April 2002 | by RafaSee all my reviews

The Only Good Thing About this movie, really, is it's soundtrack. Oh, yes, and Jose Wilker's acting. The rest is amazingly bad. Bad directing, bad script, and, most of all, horrible acting. Marcos Palmeiras is specially bad at depicting such a great musician. It's very disappointing that the life of such a man fell in such incompetent hands to be depicted. Don't take this as an example of brazilian cinema.

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