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Jogo Subterrâneo (2005)

To find the woman of his life, man makes a game up: he enters a subway train wagon, picks a woman he likes and waits to see whether she's going to take the same course and connections as he. If she is, he tries to make contact.

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Felipe Camargo ... Martín
... Ana
Júlia Lemmertz ... Laura
... Tania
... Mercedes
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
José Vitor Castiel ... Gordo
Thavyne Ferrari ... Victória
Sabrina Greve ... Sofia
Fausto Maule ... Tadeu
Massayuki Yamamoto ... Waiter (as Massayuki Onishi)
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In São Paulo, the weird and romantic piano player Martin believes in serendipity and invents a game to find the woman of his dreams. He previously selects a route in the subway, and in the wagon, he chases a woman to see if her destiny is the same as his. Following his procedures, he meets Tania, the mother of an autistic girl; the blind writer Laura; and the mysterious Ana, a woman with a secret past, and he falls in love for Ana. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Romance | Drama

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1 April 2005 (Brazil)  »

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Erotas ston ypogeio  »

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Despite being set in São Paulo, virtually every character speaks with a Rio de Janeiro accent. See more »

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[subtitled version]
[Felipe Camargo's carachter is playing at the bar he works as pianist. 'Ana' is listening to him. He plays a piece by a very known Brazilian Composer. Ends the song, she is by the piano]
Ana: [claps] Keep playing...
Gordo: If he played this stuff when the bar was open, he'd get fired.
[Ana giggles]
Ana: I liked it.
[she is noticeably drunk]
Ana: Is it yours?
Martín: [ironic] No, it's by a guy called Villa-Lobos.
Ana: Come on, are you gonna turn snob on me? I know more than you may imagine.
[...]
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Serendipity
16 January 2008 | by See all my reviews

The first movie directed by Roberto Gervitz in 18 years, "Jogo Subterrâneo" aka "Underground Game" is better than his acclaimed adaptation of Marcelo Rubens Paiva's best-selling autobiography, "Feliz Ano Velho" (1987). This time, he adapted a short story by Argentinian author Julio Cortázar, about a lonely man (Felipe Camargo) who picks random women on the subway, just to follow them hoping that someone will take the same course as his - such woman could be the right one for him.

"Underground Game" is a dark variation of the "brief encounter" sub-genre, that's given us so many diverse titles ('Before Sunrise/Sunset', 'Next Stop Wonderland', 'In The Mood For Love', 'Lost in Translation', 'Broken English' and, of course, David Lean's classic "Brief Encounter", among many others). Felipe Camargo has never been a great actor and most likely will never be, but he's adequate as the lonely Martin. The always wonderful Maria Luísa Mendonça (one of the greatest - and most underrated - Brazilian actresses of her generation, a fearless talent; I consider her our Jennifer Jason Leigh) gives a nuanced performance as a troubled woman who might be his true love. The last scene is particularly touching, melancholic and uplifting at once. 8.5/10.


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