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Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures (2005)

Cinema, Aspirinas e Urubus (original title)
A road movie about a German man who went to the North East of Brazil in the 1942 to sell Aspirin.

Director:

Marcelo Gomes

Writers:

Karim Aïnouz (as Karim Ainouz), Paulo Caldas | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
João Miguel João Miguel ... Ranulpho
Peter Ketnath ... Johann
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Madalena Accioly Madalena Accioly ... Mulher da Cobra
Jeane Alves Jeane Alves ... Mulher Amamentando
Veronica Cavalcanti Veronica Cavalcanti ... Maria da Paz
Jorge Clésio Jorge Clésio ... Funcionário dos Correios
Daniela Câmara Daniela Câmara ... Neide
Lúcia do Acordeon Lúcia do Acordeon ... Sanfoneira
Jan Doblado Jan Doblado ... Himself
Mano Fialho Mano Fialho ... Caçador
Francisco Figueiredo Francisco Figueiredo ... Rapaz na Estrada
Paula Francinete Paula Francinete ... Lindalva
Hermila Guedes ... Jovelina
Sandro Guerra Sandro Guerra ... Homem da Cobra
José Leite José Leite ... Dono do Restaurante
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Storyline

In 1942, the lonely German Johann travels through the arid roads in the country of the Northeast of Brazil in his truck selling aspirins in small villages, using advertisement movies to promote the medicine. He meets the drifter Ranulpho, who intends to go to Rio de Janeiro seeking a better life, and gives a ride to the man. While traveling together, they develop a close friendship, but on 31 August 1942, Brazil declares war to Germany and Johann has to decide if he should return to his home country and fight in the war, or stay in Brazil in a concentration camp; but the option of moving to Amazonas with the migrants of the drought seems to be feasible. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Adventure | Drama

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Country:

Brazil

Language:

Portuguese | German

Release Date:

19 April 2006 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures See more »

Filming Locations:

São Mamede, Paraíba, Brazil See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie is based on story narrated by director's great-uncle Ranulpho Gomes, who sold aspirins in Brazil during the 40's. See more »

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A character in the movie says that Brazil is larger than the United States not including Alaska. At the time of the movie's story (1942) Alaska wasn't a state yet. See more »

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For Your Consideration
16 November 2006 | by faornelasSee all my reviews

"Cinema, Aspirinas e Urubus" is Brazil's official entry for the 2007 Academy Awards Foreign Language Film competition.

It will probably not win, for it is too arty for the Oscars taste (it won a special prize at the Cannes Film Festival), but it definitely deserves a nomination.

Beyond its apparent simplicity, you will discover an overwhelming tale of friendship, with very decent performances (specially by João Miguel) and exquisite cinematography.

A must see for everyone who appreciates good cinema!

P.s: I also recommend another new Brazilian gem - O Ano em Que Meus Pais Saíram de Férias (2006)


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