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O Contador de Histórias (2009)

O Contador de Histórias (The Story of Me), a Luiz Villaça;a movie based on the life of Roberto Carlos Ramos, is a story about how affection can change reality. The youngest of 10 brothers, ... See full summary »

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Marco Antonio ... Roberto Carlos - 6 years
Teuda Bara ... Dona Judith (professora FEBEM)
Ju Colombo ... Roberto Carlos's Mother
Victor Augusto da Silva ... Cabelinho de Fogo (as Victor Augusto)
... Margherit
... Camelô
Malu Galli ... Psicóloga
Paulinho Mendes ... Roberto Carlos - 13 years
Cleiton Santos ... Roberto Carlos - 19 years
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O Contador de Histórias (The Story of Me), a Luiz Villaça;a movie based on the life of Roberto Carlos Ramos, is a story about how affection can change reality. The youngest of 10 brothers, Roberto showed a special talent to tell stories, by changing through narrative his own experiences about frustration into beautiful and touching fables. At age 6, the boy filled with imagination goes to live in a newly opened government institution, which main goal is to help young and poor children. His mother takes him there believing it will guarantee a better future for her child. But the reality of the institution is very different from what was advertised on TV. Roberto, little by little, loses hope. At age 13, after hundreds of escapes, he's considered "irrecoverable", in the words of the headmaster of the facility. However, Roberto proves to be a challenge to the French pedagogue Margherit, who comes to Brazil to work on a research. Determined to make the boy her object of study, she tries ... Written by Francisco Ramalho

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Wonderful story. Beautilful movie
16 July 2010 | by See all my reviews

The movie is based on a true story, the life of Roberto Carlos Ramos, a poor kid that went to FEBEM, the children's penitentiary in Brazil. FEBEM, also present in the Babenco movie Pixote, is an institution that worked (it is now extinct) both as a jail and as a home to poor child. But this institution had more kids that they could handle, and no kid is well treated there. Therefore Roberto Carlos escapes this institution and start living in the streets, struggling to survive.

One day he meets a french pedagogue woman that takes care of him. I had already seen this story in an interview of Roberto Carlos in Jo Soares (this is in you tube) so I knew the story, but even though it was a great time seeing this movie. I realized as the narrator is the true Roberto Carlos himself.

Some scenes that are about the memories of Roberto Carlos childhood use a fictional scenography, very poetic as is reminds the child's imagination and vocabulary.

The acting is good, good production, great casting, some funny scenes, story is superb, and REAL! Very nice, touching movie that I recommend to you all.

If you have already seen it and liked, I recommend you one harder movie that you might like: Pixote - A Lei do mais fraco.


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