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O Homem Que Desafiou o Diabo (2007)

After being forced into a marriage and enduring a humiliating work routine in the hands of his father-in-law, Zé Araújo becomes the mythical Ojuara, an unconventional hero devoted to debauchery.


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Credited cast:
Marcos Palmeira Marcos Palmeira ... Zé Araújo / Ojuara
Flávia Alessandra ... Mãe de Pantanha
Lívia Falcão Lívia Falcão ... Dualiba
Fernanda Paes Leme Fernanda Paes Leme ... Genifer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Renato Consorte Renato Consorte ... Turco
Leandro Firmino ... Zé Pretinho
Leon Goes Leon Goes ... Hunchback
Quitéria Kelly Quitéria Kelly ... Woman at the ball #1
Giselle Lima Giselle Lima ... Eleonora
Sérgio Mamberti Sérgio Mamberti ... Coronel Rusevelt
Carmita Medeiros Carmita Medeiros ... Dona Belinha
Pedrinho Mendes Pedrinho Mendes ... Pacheco
Otto Otto ... Zé Tabacão (as Otto Ferreira)
Antonio Pitanga Antonio Pitanga ... Preto Velho
Juliana Porteus Juliana Porteus ... Sue / The american dancer at the circus
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Wonders of the Sertão
16 July 2018 | by joaoantonioasodiasSee all my reviews

One day I was just doing nothing in my house when my father stomped on my room and said "My son! We have a good to see today!" making me quite surprised as I really seen him so excited about a random movie. After reaching the end of the movie I must say that I could not fault him as the movie was really that good. The movie is a mix of various folk tales from the "Sertão" region of Brazil on the history of the semi-mythical Ojuara, a bohemian hero born of the mistreatments done to a common fellow. He travels around this region looking for the "end of the world" in a quite literal and non literal meaning of the world. It shows a rarely seen side of Brazil with an optimistic view, as what most of the foreigner people now about this area and its people is about misery sadness and other tragic feelings, as they like to forget all the magic and happiness that surrounds and enshrouds these places. From the Baianas to the Orixas and from Our Holy mother of Aparecida to Padinho Ciço, the wonders and magic of this region will completely and utterly capture the heart of anyone that sees it.

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28 September 2007 (Brazil) See more »

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The Man Who Challenged the Devil See more »


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