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...
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Brazilian baroque. The young son that ran from his dominant family, descends into decadence and then returns to the nest. With melodramatic themes of tyrannical fathers, incest, fierce ... See full summary »
Luiz Fernando Carvalho
Juliana Carneiro da Cunha
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Boy tries to help his uncle, guilty of a murder case, to prove his innocence. He thinks the uncle has confessed the crime as a cover-up for his girlfriend, who was the wife of the dead man.... See full summary »
The illiterate population of the small town of Javé charge Antônio Biá with the mission of writing the story of the town, in an attempt to stop the construction of a hydropower dam that ... See full summary »
Revolves around the love between an immortal hero and Janaína, the woman he has been in love with for 600 years, through Brazil's colonization, slavery, military regime and the future, in 2096, in the midst of wars for water.
The story of a famous Brazilian criminal, called The Red Light Bandit because he always used a red flashlight to break in the houses during the night. Working alone, he also used to rape his female victims.
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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
"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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