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Brainstorm (2000)

Bicho de Sete Cabeças (original title)
A trip to the mental institution hell. This odyssey is lived by Neto, a middle class teenager, who lives a normal life until his father sends him to a mental institution after finding drugs... See full summary »


Laís Bodanzky
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rodrigo Santoro ... Wilson Souza Neto
Othon Bastos ... Sr. Wilson Souza (Pai)
Cássia Kis Cássia Kis ... Meire Souza (Mãe) (as Cássia Kiss)
Dani Nefussi Dani Nefussi ... Neto's Sister (as Daniela Nefussi)
Jairo Mattos Jairo Mattos ... Enfermeiro Ivan
Altair Lima ... Dr. Cintra
Lineu Dias Lineu Dias ... Interno Jornalista
Caco Ciocler ... Interno Rogério
Gero Camilo Gero Camilo ... Interno Ceará
Marcos Cesana Marcos Cesana ... Interno Bil
Luis Miranda Luis Miranda ... Enfermeiro Marcelo
Valeria Alencar Valeria Alencar ... Leninha
Gustavo Machado Gustavo Machado ... Lobo
Cláudio Carneiro Cláudio Carneiro ... Alex
Talita Castro Talita Castro ... Bel


A trip to the mental institution hell. This odyssey is lived by Neto, a middle class teenager, who lives a normal life until his father sends him to a mental institution after finding drugs on his pocket. The marijuana cigarette is just the final drop that exposes the family tragedy. Send to a mental institution, Neto gets to know a completely absurd, inhumane reality in which the people are devoured by a corrupt and cruel institution system. The documentary type language used by the director give this movie a sensation of realty that increases even more the impact of the emotions Neto goes through. In the mental institution, Neto is forced to mature. The transformations that he goes through change this relations with his father. Written by Cecilia Bernardi

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This movie is based on real events as described on the book Canto dos Malditos (Corner of the Damned), by Austragésilo Carrano Bueno, who spent much time in Hospital Espírita de Psiquiatria Bom Retiro and Hospital de Neuro Psiquiatria do Paraná, both in Curitiba, PR, Brazil.

The book is quite hard to obtain even in portuguese, as Austragésilo cited many physicians by name (leading among them Dr. Alô Ticolaut Guimarães) and they sued to remove the books from the shelves, obtaining a court order after only 7 months of being published. Thus, the movie omits all real names used by the book. See more »


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30 June 2001 | by moppelhSee all my reviews

a true story about a young man that's put in an asylum by his own father when he founds a pot cigarette on the son's pocket. wonderfully photographed in a documental way, with a camera that's always on movement, this movie has a perfect script, great soundtrack, composed by two of brazil's most talented musicians and absolutely marvelous performances, specially by the lead character, neto, played by Rodrigo Santoro and his friend on the asylum, Ceara. this movie is a must see!!!

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Release Date:

22 June 2001 (Brazil) See more »

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$700,000 (estimated)
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