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The Assailant (2009)

Besouro (original title)
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Based on the life of a legendary capoeira fighter from Bahia, "Besouro" spins a fantastic tale of a young Brazilian man of African descent in search of his mission.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Aílton Carmo Aílton Carmo ... Besouro
Jéssica Barbosa Jéssica Barbosa ... Dinorá / Iemanjá
Flávio Rocha Flávio Rocha ... Coronel Venâncio
Irandhir Santos ... Noca de Antônia
Macalé Macalé ... Mestre Alípio
Ânderson Santos de Jesus Ânderson Santos de Jesus ... Quero-Quero
Leno Sacramento Leno Sacramento ... Chico Canoa
Cris Vianna Cris Vianna ... Teresa
Sérgio Laurentino Sérgio Laurentino ... Exu
Geísa Costa Geísa Costa ... Zulmira
Nilton Júnior Nilton Júnior ... Cobra-Criada
Servílio de Holanda Servílio de Holanda ... Genival
Antônio Fábio Antônio Fábio ... Serafim (as Antonio Fabio)
Adriana Alves Adriana Alves ... Oxum
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Miguel Lunardi Miguel Lunardi ... Capanga
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Based on the life of a legendary capoeira fighter from Bahia, "Besouro" spins a fantastic tale of a young Brazilian man of African descent in search of his mission.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence, sexuality, nudity and brief language | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Official site [Brazil]

Country:

Brazil

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

30 October 2009 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

The Assailant See more »

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Globo Filmes,Mixer,Teleimage See more »
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Trivia

'Besouro' is the word in Portuguese for beetle. See more »

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Noca de Antônia: When it's time to eat bananas the monkey lowers his guard.
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Capoeira Ninja Style
18 February 2010 | by ricfalSee all my reviews

Although filmed with a sort of contemporary touch in aesthetics and camera works this film is a let down. The character never seem to capture the viewer who is simply rambling through the cliché far-fetched kind of plans. It seems to try to compensate in aesthetic exacerbation what it lacks in simplicity and dramatic quality. It comes out as a hard to develop kind of thing and it simply doesn't take advantage of so many possibilities left to explore, from the actual roots of capoeira, to the potential in most of the characters. The characters are also a bunch of stereotypical sketch and never leave that numb state to let out some actual personality. Everyone just goes where they're expected to go and do what they are supposed to do. That's nothing else than lack of inventiveness and failure to capture the essence of smaller and less obvious connections. Not totally a waste of time, but almost. Not recommended.


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