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Variações: Guardian Angel (2019)

Variações (original title)
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A biopic about António Variações, a famous Portuguese pop rock singer from the 80s who died from AIDS-related complications in 1984.

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João Maia

Writers:

João Maia, Karen Sztajnberg (screenwriter) (co-writer)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sérgio Praia ... António Variações
Filipe Duarte ... Fernando Ataíde
Victoria Guerra ... Rosa Maria
Augusto Madeira Augusto Madeira ... Luis Vitta
Teresa Madruga ... Deolinda de Jesus
Eric da Silva Eric da Silva ... Jelle
Tomás Alves ... José António
Fernando Pires Fernando Pires ... Frederico
José Raposo ... Mário Martins
Diogo Branco Diogo Branco ... Jorge
Filipe Albuquerque Filipe Albuquerque ... Renato
Miguel Raposo Miguel Raposo ... Pedro Ayres Magalhães
Afonso Lagarto Afonso Lagarto ... Carlos Barbosa
João Nunes de Azevedo João Nunes de Azevedo ... António (12 anos)
João Melo João Melo ... Jaime Ribeiro
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A biopic about António Variações, a famous Portuguese pop rock singer from the 80s who died from AIDS-related complications in 1984.

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Country:

Portugal

Language:

Portuguese | English | Dutch

Release Date:

22 August 2019 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Variações: Guardian Angel See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,638,712
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Company Credits

Production Co:

DAVID & GOLIAS See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos (Dolby Surround 7.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

All the songs in the movie are done using the actor's (Sérgio Praia) own voice. See more »

Quotes

António Variações: We are like family
Rosa Maria: A somewhat dysfunctional family
António Variações: It's what we got!
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When you don't have an idea, you may just ruin a great character
26 August 2019 | by calvin-22455See all my reviews

Walking into this movie I was really hoping to learn more about the hairstylist who grew larger than life and became one of Portugal's biggest pop icons. Instead, I was forced into the indulgence of a director, who thought that showing a lot of unknown songs being sung without any orchestration for more than one hour was the way to go. There is no clear idea of what he wants to say, just random thoughts that he tries to blend together without any cohesion. Yes, Variações struggled until his music finally became "visible", but you never really get the idea that he was actually that famous or cherished in Portugal. There are no concerts (playing inside a disco doesn't count), and nothing that can lead you to have that idea. If the story had as much attention put to it as the costume design had, maybe this could have been a great movie.


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