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God Is Brazilian (2003)

Deus é Brasileiro (original title)
God is getting tired. So he looks for a saint to take his place for a while.

Director:

Carlos Diegues

Writers:

João Emanuel Carneiro, José Carvalho (storyline consultant) (as José de Carvalho) | 4 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Antônio Fagundes ... Deus
Wagner Moura ... Taoca
Paloma Duarte ... Madá
Bruce Gomlevsky Bruce Gomlevsky ... Quinca das Mulas
Stepan Nercessian ... Baudelé
Castrinho Castrinho ... Goró
Hugo Carvana Hugo Carvana ... Quincas Batalha
Chico Assis Chico Assis ... Cezão
Thiago Farias Thiago Farias ... Messias
Susana Werner Susana Werner ... Senhorita Agá
Toni Garrido Toni Garrido ... São Pedro
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ivana Iza Ivana Iza ... Estela
Vitor Diegues Meuren Vitor Diegues Meuren ... Anjo 1
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God decides to take a vacation - but, first, He has to find a saint who can rule the universe while He's away. For that, He goes to Brazil's northeast, where He believes there's a very good man for the job - but, during His mission, He becomes friend of a very smart young man, Taoca. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

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Unpretentious and senseful
9 December 2004 | by migle1See all my reviews

A visit of God to Earth is used as pretext to take the viewer into a journey across northeastern and northern Brazil. Although the action is placed in Brazil, it could well be a journey across the world, the world outside the great cities of the northern hemisphere.

The film has the quality of being simultaneously profound and a pleasure to watch. It is very modern (or post-modern) in this attempt to target a wide audience but still taking that audience into feelings and thoughts quite outside the thoughts of everyday life; into the things people tend to forget or overlook. Like the films of Kusturica, it is the opposite of the prototypical "intellectual" film: it is not boring, this film appeals to everyone. It also doesn't attempt to conclude with a satisfying, but reducing, statement.

I disagree with the comment of Ernesto Lopes. Fagundes' portrait of God is not at all boring, it's more a portrait of a bored, and imperfect, distracted and Brazilian God. I would also consider very good the "irritating" performance of Wagner Moura and the performance of Paloma Duarte a bit more fragile; but, most of all, I think that the story is not broken up at all -- the cut doesn't focus the details of the pretext story, it does not invite the viewer to pay attention to details, instead, it merely takes the viewer into a simple sequence of scenarios.

I think this film is much more than just amusing. It is often that films intended for wide audiences start off with a very interesting proposal and, in the course of development, loose their sense completely by attempting to fit the standards of normality (take "Meet Joe Black", for instance). This film never looses its sense, the intelligent proposal of the beginning is never betrayed.

Taking into account the relevance of the argument, taking into account that even renowned directors like Polanski often have stories of little relevance, and taking into account that 10 is reserved for Bergman and Fellini; I would rate this film with a 9 if I were allowed.


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Country:

Brazil

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

31 January 2003 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Bóg jest Brazylijczykiem See more »

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2.35 : 1
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