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Basic Sanitation, the Movie (2007)

Saneamento Básico, O Filme (original title)
A small community of descendants of Italian immigrants in the interior of the state of Rio Grande do Sul resorts to making a video to try to solve the problems of basic sanitation that plague their village.

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Jorge Furtado

Writer:

Jorge Furtado
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Credited cast:
Fernanda Torres ... Marina
Wagner Moura ... Joaquim
Camila Pitanga ... Silene
Bruno Garcia Bruno Garcia ... Fabrício
Janaína Kremer Motta Janaína Kremer Motta ... Marcela (as Janaína Kremer)
Lázaro Ramos ... Zico
Tonico Pereira Tonico Pereira ... Antônio
Paulo José Paulo José ... Otaviano
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marcelo Aquino Marcelo Aquino ... Leonardo
Irene Brietzke Irene Brietzke ... Teacher
Zéu Britto Zéu Britto ... 1st Workman
Felipe De Paula Felipe De Paula ... Mayor's Driver
Sérgio Lulkin Sérgio Lulkin ... Mayor
Giovanni Martini Giovanni Martini ... Boy with the lighter
Lúcio Mauro Filho ... 2nd Workman
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A small community of descendants of Italian immigrants in the interior of the state of Rio Grande do Sul resorts to making a video to try to solve the problems of basic sanitation that plague their village.

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Io Che Amo Solo Te
Written by Sergio Endrigo
Performed by Sergio Endrigo
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The word "amateurish" comes to mind.
18 October 2008 | by ccmax45See all my reviews

Hmm, let's see: one of the main characters doesn't know the meaning of the word "fiction", although she went through college and masters concepts like genetic mutation. Another character is cultured enough to have a Gustav Klimt poster on his wall, though he is ignorant to the point of throwing a beer can in a water fall inside his own estate during one of the innumerable scenes and dialogues that don't have any connection to the plot. Does the director, producers and writer really think these characters are believable? Actor's maneirisms are the same as seen on TV soap operas. Local extras that made into some of the scenes were certainly added to give a "southern feel" to the movie, but they generally sit still like mummies and never utter a word.

Fortunately, for non Brazilian viewers many of the weakest points in this film will remain unnoticed (like the fake southern accents), that is, if this film is ever going to be watched outside Brazil.

I am giving it five stars since the movie made an attempt at straying the focus from the tiresome working class approaches that are predominant in Brazilian movies, but "Saneamento Básico" still falls short on several other aspects. Try again.


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Country:

Brazil

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

20 July 2007 (Brazil) See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$773,669
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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