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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.

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Selton Mello
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Cast

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)
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Storyline

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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Country:

Brazil

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

28 October 2011 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

The Clown See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,960,601
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Bons Ventos
Written by Plínio Profeta & Selton Mello
Performed by Selton Mello
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Innocent, simple, slight
10 October 2012 | by eduardoganancaSee all my reviews

This is a dramatic masterpiece with beautiful photography, innocent and slight humor, huge symbolism in between the details and a great plot.

The ambiance: Brazil's rural areas in the late '80s(?) show a decadence which is perfect for the simplicity which is willing to be transmitted. A search for the essential, for the true vocation, down to the most innocent and oniric will of a human being.

Please, don't be shallow to call it "boring", it's not. It's not boring to value the most simple, slight and innocent feelings in instead of big mourning drama or breathtaking hilariousness. You just have to let out your concerns and allow yourself to be involved by the plot like a child. And then, you'll be surprised by having a huge contemplative smile while a small teardrop falls at the corner of your eyes.


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