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What Is It Worth? (2005)

Quanto Vale Ou É Por Quilo? (original title)
Free adaptation of Machado de Assis's short story "Pai Contra Mãe", having some of Nireu Cavalcanti's 18th Century chronicles as inspiration, the film tries to trace a parallel between life... See full summary »

Director:

Sergio Bianchi

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Sabina Anzuategui (screenplay), Eduardo Benaim (screenplay) | 6 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ana Carbatti Ana Carbatti ... Arminda
Cláudia Mello Cláudia Mello ... Mônica Silveira
Herson Capri ... Marco Aurélio Silveira
Ana Lúcia Torre ... Maria Antônia do Rosário / Nôemia
Caco Ciocler ... Ricardo Pedrosa
Silvio Guindane Silvio Guindane ... Candinho
Lena Roque Lena Roque ... Lurdes
Lázaro Ramos ... Dido
Míriam Pires Míriam Pires ... Judite
Leona Cavalli ... Clara
Ariclê Perez Ariclê Perez ... Marta Figueiredo
Odelair Rodrigues Odelair Rodrigues ... Lucrécia
Joana Fomm ... Maria Amélia
Zezé Motta ... Joana Maria da Conceição
Marcelia Cartaxo ... Adélia
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Free adaptation of Machado de Assis's short story "Pai Contra Mãe", having some of Nireu Cavalcanti's 18th Century chronicles as inspiration, the film tries to trace a parallel between life in Brazil during the slavery period and life in modern Brazil. Written by lukejoplin@infolink.com.br

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Bianchi's peculiar vision of Brazil
26 March 2006 | by renatovwbachSee all my reviews

"Quanto vale ou é por quilo" shows us parallel and fragmentary stories about life in Brazil during slavery period (that ended at 1888) and also during recent times, when non-governmental organizations explore poverty in order to make money.

Unilateral, exaggerated, perhaps intentionally artificial, "Quanto vale..." do not have the well-dosed mix of comedy, irreverence and political denunciation that made "Cronicamente Inviável/Chronically Unfeasible" a cult movie in his country. It lacks rhythm, it lacks more and clearer links between the various stories throughout the movie -- that is too much fragmentary.

But is worthy seeing it. And if you are a Latin-American one MUST see it. Bianchi's unique capability of characterizing Brazilian society's bad habits makes his movies disturbing, electrical and very, very instructive. No one else in Brazil has his guts. His vision of Brazil may not be "the" truth, nor the only way to see that country and its society. His movies dares to show his opinion. But indeed they are yet the best portrait of the moral crisis that corrupts his nation from the "favelas" to the politicians in Brasilia.


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BRL4,000,000 (estimated)
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