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Bufo & Spallanzani (2001)

Ivan Canabrava is a detective in a Pan-American insurance company and is investigating the case of a landowner who dies shortly after taking out a 1 million dollar insurance policy.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
José Mayer José Mayer ... Ivan Canabrava / Gustavo Flávio
Tony Ramos ... Guedes
Isabel Guéron Isabel Guéron ... Minolta
Zezé Polessa Zezé Polessa ... Zilda
Gracindo Júnior Gracindo Júnior ... Eugênio Delamare
Maitê Proença ... Delfina Delamare
Matheus Nachtergaele Matheus Nachtergaele ... Agenor
Juca de Oliveira ... Prof. Ceresso
Milton Gonçalves ... Delegado Ferreira
Dirce Migliaccio Dirce Migliaccio ... Dona Bernarda
Ernani Moraes Ernani Moraes ... Guarda-costas
Jacqueline Sperandio Jacqueline Sperandio ... Clara Estrucho
Celso Frateschi Celso Frateschi ... Dr.Ribeiroles
Luciano Chirolli Luciano Chirolli ... Dr. Baran
Gustavo Gasparani Gustavo Gasparani ... Doctor
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Ivan Canabrava is a writer, turned insurance ivestigator who investigates mysterious deaths involving Bufo Marinus. Bufo Marinus is a frog poison causing catalepsy in humans, simulating death, enabling grand insurance fraud and other crimes. Ten years later, now as a successful writer, similar characters possibly using Bufo Marinus reappear and create an intricate plot full of surprises. Written by GMeleJr

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Release Date:

31 August 2001 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Буфо и Спалланзани See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Arguably, the best Brazilian film of the year! Definitely the best thriller
22 May 2001 | by gonz30See all my reviews

This thriller (an unusual film genre in Brazilian cinema)is based on the brilliant best-seller from Brazil's current master novelist. It is quite a task to bring such an elliptical novel like this one to film. With its many philosophical themes, unusual scientific data, and a complex plot in a few time frames, the film adaptation would predictably be difficult to follow.

Yet it isn't. Even though most of the characters appear very differently in the two general time periods of the plot, a present one, and one a decade before, the action and the suspense flows very well.

I, for one, prefer an intelligent, timely urban Brazilian film to the "art house" favorites of late like "Central Station", "Me, You Them" and others. The fact is Brazil's population is 70% to 80% urban (one of the highest among large countries). Therefore, these films in urban settings are much more relevant to what is really happening in the country.

"Me, You, Them" and "Auto da Compadecida" may be very folksy and unusual films. But the vast majority of Brazil is not at all rural like India or China. Most Brazilian films released abroad suggest a Brazil predominantly rural, full of exotic villages as India or China. That just is not the case. Yes, Brazil has them, but they are over represented in its cinema for export.

May many more films like this one and "Tolerancia" and "Cronicamente Inviavel" (also excellent contemporary urban dramas) be released both within the country and abroad. It would not only educate more people in the more general reality of the country. It would also bring in a broad box office base and create a still inexistent wide audience which appreciates this kind of films.

This audience is turned off by the mere mention of "Brazilian movie" because of the recently exotic & rural nature of the films. This is not another "Brazilian movie." It is an exceptional film, and in my opinion, the best of 2000, along with the other two mentioned. See it if you can.


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