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Once Upon a Time... (2008)

Era Uma Vez... (original title)
A poor young man has to deal with his feelings for a rich girl and the difficulties of this relationship.

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Breno Silveira
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Credited cast:
Thiago Martins Thiago Martins ...
Vitória Frate Vitória Frate ... Nina
Rocco Pitanga Rocco Pitanga ... Carlão
Paulo César Grande Paulo César Grande ... Evandro
Cyria Coentro Cyria Coentro ... Bernadete
Luana Schneider Luana Schneider ... Cacau
Fernando Brito Fernando Brito ... Beto
Rodrigo Costa Rodrigo Costa ... Dé Pequeno
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marcos Pitombo Marcos Pitombo ... Dudu
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A poor young man has to deal with his feelings for a rich girl and the difficulties of this relationship.

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

Brazil

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

25 July 2008 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Once Upon a Time in Rio See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

BRL 538,934 (Brazil), 27 July 2008, Limited Release
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Could have been even better if hadn't lacked self-confidence
18 September 2008 | by naoquerolixoSee all my reviews

Great plot, story and topic. Following the current trend, the "favela" environment is portrayed with great fidelity, and the same goes for the lifestyle of Rio's young riches. Action scenes are also great and certainly scrape your back from the seats. All the ingredients are there for a great movie. And it could definitely have been one. There are two main reasons it was not:

1. The spectator is not convinced of the true love that must have existed between the main characters for the film to be trustworthy. Most probable cause of this is the lack of key elements to evidence this connection (e.g. scenes where their fundamental values are shown to be similar). This cripples the actors' in their attempt to share screen chemistry.

2. The Romeo and Juliet inspiration is clear throughout the movie. This inspiration was definitely key in creating such a compelling story, but it seems that there was a failure to notice that, at a certain point, the film was already good enough to stand on its own. Because of this, we can almost feel the chains of the original Shakespeare story holding back the development of the movie. Of course there is a very interesting similarity between the two worlds, but allowing the modern story to creatively deviate from the original one would have definitely been a good idea.

All in all, it's one of those movies that - instead of making you mad for having watched such a bad film - it makes you terribly disappointed for not being able to enjoy a piece of art that could have been so much greater. Which, for many movie fans, is even worse.


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