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Abril Despedaçado (2001)

PG-13 | | Drama | 1 May 2002 (Brazil)
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When ordered by his father to avenge the death of his older brother, a young man questions the tradition of violence between two rival families.

Director:

Walter Salles

Writers:

Karim Aïnouz (screenplay) (as Karim Ainouz), Ismail Kadare (novel) | 4 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 8 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
José Dumont José Dumont ... Father
Rodrigo Santoro ... Tonho
Rita Assemany Rita Assemany ... Mother
Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos ... Salustiano
Flavia Marco Antonio Flavia Marco Antonio ... Clara
Ravi Ramos Lacerda ... Pacu
Caio Junqueira Caio Junqueira ... Inácio
Everaldo Pontes Everaldo Pontes ... Old Blind Man (as Everaldo de Souza Pontes)
Mariana Loureiro Mariana Loureiro ... Widow
Servílio de Holanda Servílio de Holanda ... Isaías
Wagner Moura ... Matheus
Gero Camilo Gero Camilo ... Reginaldo
Othon Bastos Othon Bastos ... Mr. Lourenço
Vinícius de Oliveira Vinícius de Oliveira ... Ferreira Family Member
Soia Lira Soia Lira ... Ferreira Family Member
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Storyline

The Brazilian badlands, April 1910. Tonho is ordered by his father to avenge the death of his older brother. The young man knows that if he commits this crime, his life will be divided in two: the 20 years he has already lived and the few days he has left to live, before the other family avenges their son's death. He is torn between fulfilling his ancestral duty and rebelling against it, urged by his younger brother Pacu. That's when a tiny traveling circus passes through the vast badlands where Tonho's family lives. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

Brazil | France | Switzerland

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

1 May 2002 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Shredded April See more »

Filming Locations:

Bom Sossego, Bahia, Brazil See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,671, 16 December 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$64,210, 28 April 2002
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Official submission of Brazil to the 2002's Oscars in the best foreign language film category. See more »

Quotes

Salustiano: My mother almost died giving birth. I was born purple - so purple they thought I was dead. True or false?
[Clara nods]
Salustiano: They ignored me for two hours while trying to save my mother, then they decided to wash me so I'd look decent for the funeral. As soon as I felt the cold water, I started howling. As a result, that was my first and last bath.
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References Os Trapalhões e o Mágico de Oróz (1984) See more »

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A true masterpiece!
9 August 2002 | by derix20See all my reviews

This movie is one that will leave your mind wondering for days thinking how can a director mix imagery, sensitivity, and poetry in a simple story. This movie will inspire all of those that want to see different ways of making movies. The reason why, in my opinion, this movie is so great is because the movie does not give you all the information for you to understand it. It actually functions more like a book. In several different instances there are long sequences with no dialog, only body expression. This instigates the minds of the viewers to try to "fill-in the gap" by guessing what the character is probably thinking. If you are looking for a new way to experience movies, please try this one. I highly recommend it!!!

It is a MUST see! If you have the opportunity, please rent it! You'll not regret!


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