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The Clown (2011)

O Palhaço (original title)
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Father and son work as clowns Puro Sangue/Valdemar and Pangare/Benjamin in a circus in the Brazilian countryside. Benjamin decides to follow a different path and meets several people on the way.


Selton Mello
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Selton Mello ... Benjamim / Pangaré
Paulo José Paulo José ... Valdemar / Puro Sangue
Larissa Manoela Larissa Manoela ... Guilhermina
Giselle Motta Giselle Motta ... Lola
Teuda Bara Teuda Bara ... Dona Zaira
Álamo Facó Álamo Facó ... João Lorota
Cadu Fávero Cadu Fávero ... Tony Lo Bianco
Erom Cordeiro Erom Cordeiro ... Robson Félix
Hossen Minussi Hossen Minussi ... Chico Lorota
Maira Chasseroux Maira Chasseroux ... Lara Lane (as Maira Chasseraux)
Thogun Teixeira Thogun Teixeira ... Gordini (as Thogun)
Michelle Martins Michelle Martins ... Glória
Bruna Chiaradia Bruna Chiaradia ... Justine
Renato Macedo Renato Macedo ... Borrachinha
Tony Tony ... Meio-Quilo (as Tony Tonelada)


This is the story of father and son who work as clowns Puro Sangue/Valdemar (Paulo Jose) and Pangare/Benjamin (Selton Mello) in a circus which travels through the Brazilian country side. Benjamin is a clown who does not have id or social security number. Going through a phase where he starts questioning his ability to make people laugh and his future, Benjamin decides to follow a different path to find his answers and pursue his dreams: a fixed address and the ideal woman. In the adventure, he meets several people on the way to find his own identity. Written by Ronaldo Ferreira

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Did You Know?


The official entry of Brazil to the Best Foreign Language Film at the 85th Academy Awards 2013. See more »


The film takes place in the 70's. In the first scene, however, when the circus convoy is coming through a dirty road, the license plate of the biggest truck is a red one featuring three letters and four numbers. That license layout was established in 1990 in Brazil. See more »


Valdemar: My son, In this life, we have to do what we know how to. Cats drink milk, mice eat cheese... and I'm a clown. What about you?
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Tudo Passará
Written by Nelson Ned
Performed by Nelson Ned
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Simplicity, brilliant
19 May 2012 | by fabriciocpachecoSee all my reviews

I've saw the movie "O Palhaço" and my expectation about the movie was positive, because they really show the beginning of the circus, and was just like this. If you compare with a modern circle, you won't like the movie, because they are in another reality.

Between the old circus and the circus of nowadays the clown will always be the celebrity.

About director, actors, everyone did a great job, same as the soundtrack who gives to the movie the truth perspective, by the way the soundtrack is amazing.

So, I recommend this movie.

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28 October 2011 (Brazil) See more »

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