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Lula, the Son of Brazil (2009)

Lula, o Filho do Brasil (original title)
Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History | 1 January 2010 (Brazil)
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The true story of a working class boy who moves to the nation's financial capital at a young age and becomes one the most influential politician in Brazil's history.

Directors:

Fábio Barreto, Marcelo Santiago (co-director)

Writers:

Fernando Bonassi (screenplay), Denise Paraná (book) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Rui Ricardo Diaz ... Luis Inacio Lula da Silva
Glória Pires ... Dona Lindu
Juliana Baroni ... Marisa Leticia
Cleo ... Lurdes (as Cléo Pires)
Lucélia Santos ... Professora
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marcos Cesana Marcos Cesana ... Feitosa
Milhem Cortaz ... Aristides
Leandro D'Errico Leandro D'Errico ... Vava
Felipe Falanga Felipe Falanga ... Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva - 7 Anos
Clayton Mariano Clayton Mariano ... Lambari
Antonio Saboia ... Vava
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Storyline

In 1945, in Garanhuns, in the countryside of Pernambuco, Luiz Inácio da Silva is born, the seventh child of Aristides and Dona Lindu. Aristides moves to Santos and Lindu raises the siblings alone until 1952 when the family moves to Santos to meet the patriarch. As time goes on, the poor family struggles to survive with the children studying at elementary school and working as street vendors. Later Lindu leaves the alcoholic and abusive Aristides and moves with her children to São Paulo. Lula graduates as lathe operator and gets a formal job in the industry where he purposely cuts his own finger in a press, to get retirement by disability. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Brazil | Argentina

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

1 January 2010 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Lula, Son of Brazil See more »

Filming Locations:

São Paulo, Brazil

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Dona Lindu: You need to be stubborn.
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The rags to power story of Lula, ex-president of Brazil
8 January 2011 | by fbellermann-1See all my reviews

I just saw "Lula, Son of Brazil" at the Palm Springs Festival. As others noted, the acting (Glória Pires and Milhem Cortaz ) is very good and first timer Ruis Ricardo Diaz does a good job portraying the future president. The cinematography is also up to the usual high standards of Brazilian films. The portrayal of the Northeast, origin of much of the marginalized population in the industrial southern cities is genuine and sympathetic, as it was in previous films ( "CentralStation", and "Behind the Sun" )

The fictionalized and tear-jerky story line, however, comes across as the secular sanctification of Lula. One should not forget that the film's makers and some of the actors are intimately connected with the ex-president. Lula's remarkable popularity and executive success should not be cause to whitewash his entire past and portray him as the proletarian saint he appears to be in this movie. The director ( Fábio Barreto ) admitted that national screenings only netted an audience of 1 Million. In a nation of over 200 Million, that stands in contrast to the reported 85% approval rating of the politician at the end of his term. Ms. Barreto, full of class angst, blames this on the "Class A" population, supposedly the only ones interested enough or rich enough to afford the $5 ticket price. This implies a simplified vision of Brazilian society between the haves (Class A) and have-nots (Class C); exactly the sort claptrap ideological rhetoric that prevented Lula from achieving success in previous attempts. Yes, there is a wealthy elite and yes, Brazil does have lingering problems with class divisions, but there is at least a middle "Class B" (growing, in large part, due to the impact of recent Brazilian economic successes). There are worthwhile role models among the class of small entrepreneurs, possibly even in the "Brahmin" ranks of "Class A". The simple truth is, people in Brazil may largely approve of the ex-president, but they are not excited enough about him and his worker's party to invest the time and fork over the money to come and adore him. They'd rather wait until it's out on DVD and available for a buck on the notorious black market.

Go and see this film. It has its merits and foreign audiences, in particular, will learn something about Brazil and Lula, but leave your handkerchief in your pocket.


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